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Two hours a week is a key dose of nature for health and wellbeing



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Spending at least two hours a week in nature may be a crucial threshold for promoting health and wellbeing, according to a new large-scale study.
                                                

Research led by the University of Exeter, published in Scientific Reports and funded by NIHR, found that people who spend at least 1

20 minutes in nature a week are significantly more likely to report good health and higher psychological wellbeing than those who do not visit nature at all during an average week. However, no such benefits have been found for people who have visited natural settings such as town parks, woodlands, country parks and beaches for less than 120 minutes a week

The study used data from nearly 20,000 people in England and found that it didn It does not matter whether the 120 minutes have been achieved in a single visit or over several shorter visits. It also found the 120 minute threshold applied to both men and women, to older and younger adults, across different occupational and ethnic groups, among those living in both rich and poor areas, and even among people with long-term illnesses or disabilities [19659005] Dr. Mat White, of the University of Exeter Medical School, who led the study, said: "It is well known that getting outdoors in nature can be good for people's health and wellbeing but until now we have not been able to say how much is enough The majority of nature visits in this research took place within two miles of home, so even visiting local urban greenspaces seems to be a good thing.

There is growing evidence that only living in a greener neighborhood can be good for health, for example by reducing air pollution. (19659005) Co-author of the research, Professor Terry Hartig of Uppsala University in Sweden said: "There are many reasons why spending time in nature can be good for health and wellbeing, including getting a better perspective on life circumstances, reducing stress and enjoying quality time with friends and family. in making recommendations about spending time in nature to promote basic health and wellbeing, similar to guidelines for weekly physical. "

The full paper is entitled" Spending at least 120 minutes a week in nature is associated with good health and wellbeing ", published in Scientific Reports .
                                                                                                                        


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