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Access to Nature Reduces Depression and Obesity, Finds European Study

Access to Nature Reduces Depression and Obesity, Finds European Study
People living close to trees and green spaces are less likely to be obese, inactive, or dependent on anti-depressants, according to a new report.

Middle-aged Scottish men with homes in deprived but verdant areas were found to have a death rate 16% lower than their more urban counterparts. Pregnant women also received a health boost from a greener environment, recording lower blood pressures and giving birth to larger babies, research in Bradford found.

Overall, nature is an under-recognised healer, the paper says, offering multiple health benefits from allergy reductions to increases in self-esteem and mental wellbeing.

A study team of 11 researchers at the Institute for European environmental policy (IEEP) spent a year reviewing more than 200 academic studies for the report, which is the most wide-ranging probe yet into the dynamics of health, nature and wellbeing.
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  1. ‘Nature Nurture’ impact on all manner of ills and dis-ease is worthy of individual ‘citizen science’ engagement.

    I am fully aware that my connection with nature, forest, garden, ocean, lakes, streams and simply lookin’ UP^ has kept me connected to balance and to an over-arching sense of wholeness no matter what experiences and challenges have come my way.

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