713: Natural heritage - a pathway to health

This paper has been summarised from ‘Natural Heritage: A Pathway to Health’ by Pat Davies and Jenny Deaville of the Institute of Rural Health.

Year of Publication2008

The natural environment can have a restorative effect on people, making them feel less stressed, more relaxed and more able to concentrate. It can speed recovery from surgery, lower blood pressure, improve mood, self esteem and behaviour. For healthy people it can improve concentration and stress. For urban communities it can reduce violence and crime and improve social interaction

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