Growing number of doctors prescribing nature, parks to patients

July 31, 2019

Those of us who love the outdoors know that being in nature makes us feel better – both physically and mentally. Now doctors are realizing the power of nature as medicine and “writing out nature prescriptions for their patients,” says King 5 News.


“Just like a physician may write out a prescription for medication and ask that a patient take a specific amount a given number of times a day, doctors are prescribing nature spots and asking that patients do an activity in them for a specific duration a given amount of times a week or day.

Dr. Atoosa Kourosh, a Seattle pediatrician, said she has been a registered doctor with Park Rx ever since it started.

“Time in nature has shown to decrease anxiety, improve mood and children behavior and even sleep,” said Kourosh, who works at International Community Health Services in Seattle and Shoreline.”

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