Leading Health Reporter for NY Times: Head Out for Daily Dose of Green Space

Leading Health Reporter for NY Times: Head Out for Daily Dose of Green Space

November, 30, 2010 (Washington, DC) - Jane E. Brody’s Personal Health column (11/30/10) in the New York Times promotes the innovative Park Prescriptions program, features Dr. Daphne Miller and even makes note of Great Outdoors Month! The article is a milestone for ARC and the many advocates for health and the great outdoors. The column reads, in part:

“First, the bad news: Americans are suffering from an acute case of “outdoor deprivation disorder,” and the effects on physical and mental health are rising fast. Children aged 8 to 18 today spend more time than ever using electronic media indoors — seven and a half hours a day, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation — and less time in outdoor unstructured activity. In response to the No Child Left Behind law, 30 percent of kindergarten classrooms have eliminated recess to make more room for academics. Now, the good news: There’s a simple remedy — get outside and start moving around in green spaces near and far, most of which are free. A consortium of physicians, health insurers, naturalists and government agencies have banded together to help more people of all ages and economic strata engage in health-enhancing physical activity in parks and other natural environments.”

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