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Celebrating World Health Day: Health Benefits of Nature

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April 7th is World Health Day. Learn how nature contributes to our health.

Today, April 7th, is World Health Day! While the World Health Organization is using the day to bring attention to diabetes, we’re taking the occasion to our advantage in a different way. As landscaping experts, it’s fair to say that we have quite the soft spot for nature. Turns out, nature has had our back in return. Here’s how.

The Health Benefits of Nature

It’s good to get back to nature. Not just to take a break from this technology-obsessed world that we live in, but for your health, too. Many people who have been suffering from stress, sickness, or trauma have noticed genuine healing from taking a hike into the mountains or woods, or spending quiet, contemplative time in a garden. From your own yard to the wild unknown, nature is indeed good for you.

Researchers have gathered a wide body of evidence to prove the health benefits of nature. The American Society of Landscape Architects has compiled a list of fantastic sources on the matter. We’ll just highlight a few, but please click through to their list to learn more if you feel so inclined. Each item that we highlight here, and each item on ASLA’s list, links to the ASLA page on that particular case. Each of those pages gives a brief synopsis of how nature helps and links to many studies, resources, and organizations where you can learn more.

For Adults

  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia: A study in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias shows that long-suffering patients show decreased symptoms after spending time in gardens or having horticultural therapy.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Nature is, well, naturally calming. It’s restorative. Gardening or spending time camping or fishing has been shown to ease the stress and trauma of PTSD.

For Kids

  • ADD/ADHD: Researchers at the University of Illinois found that children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD are able to concentrate better and have lessened symptoms after spending time in nature. It doesn’t have to be a huge voyage — the benefits have been seen simply by walking down a tree-lined street.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders: Children with autism have been shown to gain benefits from play areas that account for their unique perceptions and sensory differences. When children with autism spend time in natural environments, they’ve been shown to have increased attention, reduced response time, and improved temperament.

Again, these are only a few highlights from a much longer list published by the ALSA. If you have the time to learn more about the health benefits of nature, please do click over to their site to learn more.

Improving Your Health with Evergreen Gene’s

Evergreen Gene’s offers professional landscape maintenance services throughout Maryland. Our services include mowing, raking, sodding, fertilizing, mulching, pruning, and so much more. With our help, your landscape will look its best year-round.

Click Here to learn more about the benefits of professional landscape maintenance. Evergreen Gene’s landscaping services are also available for commercial properties.

Want to learn more about the benefits of Professional Landscape Maintenance in Severna Park, Maryland? Visit Evergreen Gene’s at our location on Crain Highway. Can’t make it out but still have a question? Not to worry; call us at 410.766.6877 or click here today.

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