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Research

New research is constantly being undertaken across many disciplines that furthers our understanding of the crucial relationship between nature and human health. Check this section for the latest research that supports the Healthy Parks Healthy People philosophy.

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    A review of nature-based interventions for mental health care

    With the prescription of antidepressants at record levels and a high demand for psychological therapies, health and social care commissioners are interested in examining and commissioning new treatment interventions for mental health. This study examines the benefits, commonality and outcomes of three key green care approaches.

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    Protected areas and human wellbeing assessment

    Establishing protected areas (PAs) has been one of the most common and successful interventions since the very beginning of the conservation movement.

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    Human health impacts of ecosystem alteration
    By Samuel Myers, Lynne Gaffikin, Christopher Golden, Richard Ostfeld, Kent Redford, Taylor Ricketts, Will Turner and Steven Osofsky

    Human activity is rapidly transforming most of Earth’s natural systems. How this transformation is impacting human health, whose health is at greatest risk, and the magnitude of the associated disease burden are relatively new subjects within the field of environmental health.

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    Green space and stress: evidence from cortisol measures in deprived urban communities
    By Jenny Roe, Catharine Ward Thompson, Peter Aspinall, Mark Brewer, Elizabeth Duff, David Miller, Richard Mitchell and Angela Clow

    Contact with green space in the environment has been associated with mental health benefits, but the mechanism underpinning this association is not clear.

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    Understanding urban green space as a health resource
    By Katherine Irvine, Sara Warber, Patrick Devine-Wright and Kevin Gaston

    A qualitative comparison of visit motivation and derived effects among park users in Sheffield, UK

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