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National Environmental Education Foundation – January 03, 2014

Walking in Nature Prescription for Better Health

Walking in Nature Prescription for Better Health

By Leyla Erk McCurdy
Regular walking can have a tremendous positive impact on overall health and well-being. There are additional benefits in taking these walks in natural environments, such as parks, trails, and other green spaces. Studies have shown that people are more likely to walk and be physically active, as well as enjoy higher levels of health and well-being when they have easily accessible green spaces in their communities.
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David Suzuki Foundation – July 23, 2013

Report Confirms Daily Dose of Nature Boosts Happiness, Wellbeing

Report Confirms Daily Dose of Nature Boosts Happiness, Wellbeing

By David Suzuki Foundation
In May, more than 10,000 Canadians and over 250 workplaces participated in the David Suzuki Foundation's 30×30 Nature Challenge. The national program challenged participants to commit to getting out into nature for 30 minutes a day for 30 consecutive days. Researchers found that participants doubled their time in nature and increased their happiness. [+]

Campaign/Initiative | Event

Sierra Club MIssion Outdoors – April 16, 2013

Celebrating Our Military Families in North Carolina

Celebrating Our Military Families in North Carolina

By Mission Outdoors Blog
Sierra Club Celebration of the Military Child Outdoors gets families outside in N. Carolina. [+]

Regional Updates | National | Access

Sierra Club – April 01, 2013

Outdoor and Military Organizations Come Together for a Month-Long Celebration of Our Nation’s Youngest Heroes

Outdoor and Military Organizations Come Together for a Month-Long Celebration of Our Nation’s Youngest Heroes

By Rebecca Silver
Hundreds of military families gather to celebrate Month of the Military Child. [+]

Research & Studies | Health | Campaign/Initiative

Slate – July 25, 2014

Rx: 50 mg Nature, Ad Lib

Rx: 50 mg Nature, Ad Lib

By Laura Smith
Doctors are prescribing a walk in the park for conditions as wide-ranging as ADHD, high blood pressure, asthma, obesity, anxiety, diabetes, and depression. [+]

Press Release | Regional Updates | National | Access | Health | Campaign/Initiative

– July 22, 2014

Association of Zoos & Aquariums Awards 30 Nature Play Grants

Association of Zoos & Aquariums Awards 30 Nature Play Grants

By Association of Zoos and Aquariums
The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) announced the recipients of 30 “Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium” grants. Supported through a special gift from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, these competitive grants, selected through a rigorous review by a panel of industry experts, are being presented to accredited zoos and aquariums to encourage family nature play and conservation education. [+]

Regional Updates | Local | Health

Foster's Daily Democrat – July 20, 2014

Outdoor Education: Children develop sensory integration skills

Outdoor Education: Children develop sensory integration skills

By By Joel Kost
Using her experience in pediatric occupation therapy and her background in kinesiology, pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom has created a program that places children outdoors while treating many of their sensory issues.
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Research & Studies | Education | Health

Psychology Today – July 11, 2014

Who’s Afraid of “Big Bad Nature”? Far Too Many Kids

Who’s Afraid of “Big Bad Nature”? Far Too Many Kids

By Marc Bekoff, Ph.D.
Rangers at National Wildlife Refuges are discovering a new phenomenon this summer: young visitors are often scared of nature, whether it’s creepy crawlies, spiders, bats, snakes, or sometimes even ladybugs and fish. [+]

Press Release | Regional Updates | Local | Access | Health

5210 Let's GO! – July 10, 2014

Primary care practices to provide patients with 10,000 state park passes

Primary care practices to provide patients with 10,000 state park passes

By Maine State Bureau of Parks and Lands and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation - See more at: http://www.letsgo.org/news/did-s
Primary care physicians at 124 practices across Maine who participate in the Let’s Go! program will be able to provide their patients and families with more than 10,000 free Maine State Parks passes courtesy of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Parks and Lands, Let’s Go! and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. The free pass is good at any of Maine’s 48 state parks and historic sites, with the exception of Baxter State Park, and valid through December 2014. [+]

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SHOTS Health News from NPR – July 14, 2014

To Make Children Healthier, A Doctor Prescribes A Trip To The Park

To Make Children Healthier, A Doctor Prescribes A Trip To The Park

By Sam Sanders and Steven Jackson
Zarr, a pediatrician at a clinic that serves low-income and uninsured families in Washington, D.C., has come up with a groundbreaking strategy to give his young patients very specific recommendations for physical activity including prescriptions for time spent outdoors with a map to nearby parks. [+]

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