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How nature nurtures the mind of a child

Posted: May 11, 2017

When it comes to mental health, it’s not a matter of nature vs. nurture. Rather, nature itself nurtures. 

Tara Zupancic, Director at Habitus Research, recently published a guest post on Fresh From the Greenbelt highlighting the role of nature in nurturing positive mental health outcomes among children. Zupancic writes:

The ability of nature to shift a child’s mood and mental focus isn’t simply a romantic notion. Scientific investigation reveals that nature serves as a seedbed of restoration that can buffer the gravity of stress, anxiety, depression and learning challenges braved by a ballooning number of children.

Zupancic also discusses the incorporation of nature into public health promotion:

Scientists are only beginning to unravel the many ways by which nature restores our sense of well being, but walking among large trees appears to be particularly important. In Japan, walking in forests has become a well-recognized mental health promotion strategy, and forest walking clubs are now popping up all over the world.

The full piece is available at Fresh from the Greenbelt.

Forests Ontario is also a member of the EcoHealth Ontario Steering Committee, a collaborative of organizations from diverse sectors working together to foster improved health and well being through healthy ecosystems, increased greenspace, and enhanced access to nature. Visit EcoHealth Ontario to access more resources on the connections between nature and health.