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S5 Episode 02: Nature Therapy

Physical therapist Dr. Allison Mitch discusses health benefits of spending time in nature for both adults and children.

This episode is part of Series 5: Nature and Health.  For a list of ParkTalk episodes and series visit  

Quote from the episode:

"Research coming out of the public health domain suggests that zip code is more important than genetic code, so that should give you a sense of how profoundly connected human health is to the environment.” - Dr. Allison Mitch

For more information:

View a video, "A Healthy Dose of Nature," that features nature prescriptions and the health benefits of walking in the woods or spending time out in nature:!/

New research shows connection between green space and cardiovascular health:

Allison’s blog:

Suggested books:

There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom's Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kid. McGurk

Last Child in the Woods. Richard Louv

Vitamin N. Richard Louv

How to Raise a Wild Child. Scott Sampson

Balanced and Barefoot. Angela Hanscom

The Nature Fix. Florence Williams

Ideas for how and where to spend time in nature in the western suburbs of Chicago:

Photo from Aug. 2018 Rx for Nature Festival at Knoch Knolls Nature Center

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