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Healthy Hearts Healthy Parks

04/12/16 | View Comments

If the brain benefits from time spent outdoors, what about its storied counterpart, The Heart?


Consistent research findings conclude visiting nearby nature lowers blood pressure, reduces headache and fatigue, improves mood and hastens recovery from stress. A recent study on hypertension compared elderly research participants who spent seven days in a city with another group spending a week in the forest: “… subjects exposed to the forest environment showed a significant reduction in blood pressure in comparison to that of the city group.”

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