Last updated on Jan 25th, 2021 at 08:07 am

A healthy dose of nature

People who visit parks for 30 minutes or more each week are much less likely to have high blood pressure or poor mental health than those who don’t.

This is according to new research by Australian and UK environmental scientists, led by The University of Queensland (UQ) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED)

Reducing depression and boosting children’s development

“If everyone visited their local park for half an hour each week there would be seven per cent fewer cases of depression and nine per cent fewer cases of high blood pressure,” said UQ CEED researcher Dr Danielle Shanahan.

“Our children especially benefit from spending more time outdoors. Kids who grow up experiencing natural environments may benefit developmentally and have a heightened environmental awareness as adults than those who don’t.”

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We need at least 30 minutes a week

UQ CEED researcher Associate Professor Richard Fuller said the research could transform the way people viewed urban parks.

“We’ve known for a long time that visiting parks is good for our health, but we are now beginning to establish exactly how much time we need to spend in parks to gain these benefits,” he said.

“We have specific evidence that we need regular visits of at least half an hour to ensure we get these benefits.”

Source: University of Queensland via Sciencedaily.com & Image credit

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