ASLA Launches New Guide on Health Benefits of Nature

What a great online resource showing the both short and long-term benefits of nature.

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A growing body of research proves what we all know to be true—nature is good for us. A new online guide launched today by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) showcases the long- and short-term mental and physical health benefits of spending time outside.

“We created this guide to expand public awareness about the benefits of green spaces, as well as to urge people to get out and take advantage of the designed and natural landscapes available to them,” said Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, CEO of ASLA. “This online resource fully documents the benefits of interacting with nature.”

The guide, part of ASLA’s series of sustainable design resource guides and toolkits, includes hundreds of free research studies by leading scientists, news articles, and case studies of parks and other designed green spaces. Resources, which have been reviewed by expert advisers, are organized into 23 health issues that affect adults…

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