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Top doctor backs 'garden gym' idea

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Posted in Science on 4th Apr, 2014 12:18 AM by AlexMuller

Doctors say an accumulating body of evidence supports a link between urban green space and benefits to human wellbeing. Royal College of Physicians president Sir Richard Thompson said plants helped reduce stress, anger and depression. He added the fourth biggest cause of death in the UK was a lack of activity, making it important to provide green spaces in which people could exercise.

 
He made the comments at a green cities conference in central London. Although a growing number of scientific studies have produced evidence supporting the idea that urban green spaces are good for human wellbeing, the issue still remains on the margins of healthcare strategies.
 
But Sir Richard observed: "When we look into the science of the beneficial effects of plants and gardening, there is quite a decent set of papers to read."
 
Referring to a series of "very impressive" controlled studies in the US, Sir Richard said they showed that gardens improved the mood within hospitals, reducing stress levels among patients, families and staff.
 
"What was very important was that the gardens had to have biodiversity - a variation of plants," he told delegates.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-04
+2
The idea that green spaces are important for health- mental health in particular- is something that we expect and can easily accept. Further supporting evidence is most welcome and some action should follow asp
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-04
+3
Yes, and just getting out, be in the sunlight is a benefit. "We now know - from a recent study - that sunlight reduces blood pressure and a small reduction of blood pressure in the population produces a significant reduction of cardiovascular disease." Great! Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-04
+3
It has been already proposed that urban green spaces could help ease the strain on health budgets. By reducing the burden of preventable diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, green spaces could save billions
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-04
+1
"Some people say there is a gym outside your window, and it is much cheaper than a gym subscription." Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-04
+0
The fact that moving to greener urban areas was associated with sustained mental health improvements should influence environmental policies to implement an increase in urban green spaces Reply
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