Research shows that a walk in the park is more than just a nice way to spend an afternoon

Parks are not just America’s legacy – they are all of ours and even more important for the poor, down and out and those trapped in the urban ghettos and slums who can’t just hop in their car and head for the hills – we need to protect them and make them fit for all of us…

via LAND Reader
Research shows that a walk in the park is more than just a nice way to spend an afternoon. It’s an essential component for good health, according to University of Illinois environment and behavior researcher Frances “Ming” Kuo.
“Through the decades, parks advocates, landscape architects, and popular writers have consistently claimed that nature had healing powers,” Kuo said. “But until recently, their claims haven’t undergone rigorous scientific assessment.”

Kuo is also the director of the Landscape and Human Health Laboratory at the U of I and has studied the effect of green space on humans in a number of settings in order to prove or disprove the folklore notions.

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