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Scottish doctors now prescribe “NATURE” to their patients!

culture and Lifestyle, Health
Nature can do wonders, to the point that some Scottish doctors are now encouraging their patients to go outside to treat themselves, exploring nature as part of a holistic treatment strategy. Imagine your GP prescribes bird watching, planting seeds or contemplating a particular plant... Do you find that absurd? But the idea is very serious. Jointly conducted by NHS Shetland and RSPB Scotland, the "Nature prescriptions" project aims to improve the physical and mental health of patients by advising them on outdoor activities. "There is evidence that nature has a health benefit to the body and mind," notes Karen MacKelvie, responsible for community involvement in RSPB. So we have seen the opportunity to design a pamphlet that helps doctors describe the health benefits of nature, and pro...