The Benefits of Spending time in Nature

Spending time in natural environments can benefit health and well-being, but exposure-response relationships are under-researched. A team of scientists report their findings on spending at least 120 minutes a week in nature

A growing body of epidemiological evidence indicates that greater exposure to, or ‘contact with’, natural environments (such as parks, woodlands and beaches) is associated with better health and well-being, at least among populations in high income, largely urbanised, societies. While the quantity and quality of evidence varies across outcomes, living in greener urban areas is associated with lower probabilities of cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, asthma hospitalisation, mental distress, and ultimately mortality, among adults; and lower risks of obesity8 and myopia in children. Greater quantities of neighbourhood nature are also associated with better self-reported health, and subjective well-being in adults, and improved birth outcomes, and cognitive development, in children.

Using data from a representative sample of the adult population of England, we aimed to better understand the relationships between time spent in nature per week and self-reported health and subjective well-being.

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