Health

Nature Rx — there’s a reason the term is slipping increasingly into doctors’ conversations with patients. Nature is essential to human health. Not a luxury, but a necessity. Spending time restores us, impacting our mental and physical health in multiple ways. It’s been shown to boost the immune system and lower blood pressure; to reduce stress and improve mood. And increasingly, nature is being recognized for its legitimate healing effects. Forward-thinking hospitals are incorporating purpose-built green spaces into their facilities and into their care while the military too is drawing it into PTSD treatment protocols.

  Research about Health

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Even small urban green space can lower depression rates, new research confirms

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Neighborhood green space and health in a large urban center

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Designer’s approach for scene selection in tests of preference and restoration along a continuum of natural to manmade environments

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Nature and the Environment: The Psychology of Its Benefits and Its Protection

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Preliminary Analysis of TKF “Book & Bench” texts

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Seeing the forest for the trees: hybridity and social-ecological symbols, rituals and resilience in post-disaster contexts

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Refuges of local resilience: Community gardens in post-Sandy New York City

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Recognizing Stewardship Practices as Indicators of Social Resilience

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Holistic Care in the US Military I—The Epidaurus Project

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A Southern Interpretation of Sacred

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Research on the Beneficial Aspects of the Experience of Nature in Cities

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Reflect & Restore | Urban Green Space for Mental Wellness

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Feeling Stressed? Take a Time Out in Nature

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The Benefits of Nearby Nature in Cities for Older Adults

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Nearby Nature for Human Health | Sites to Systems.

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The Sacred and Nearby in Nature and Cities.

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Baltimore prepares to meet national 10 minute walk campaign challenge

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Creativity blooms in Northeast Alabama

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Parents, communities take note: Teens need nature too.

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What do we mean by “open”?

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Can nature play a positive role before and after birth?

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A better way to fight neighborhood crime

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Disaster recovery and a nature fix

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A filmmaker’s perspective; Alden Stoner on Hurricane Healing Garden

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At Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, nature is helping wounded warriors heal from invisible wounds

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Nature Meets Healthcare in Portland, Oregon

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Green spaces as an “under-recognized healer”

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In the wake of natural disasters, here’s what we need to do better

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Natural vs. highly-designed landscapes—which is better?

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What makes great cities succeed?

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  Case Studies about Health

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Whitman-Walker Healing Garden

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Mount Washington Arboretum

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Garden of Little Angels

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Healing Therapeutic Garden at Kernan Hospital

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Western Correctional Institution

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ThanksGiving Place

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  More Resources about Health

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A Road to Wellness

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A Southern Interpretation of Sacred

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Baltimore prepares to meet national 10 minute walk campaign challenge

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Creativity blooms in Northeast Alabama

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What do we mean by “open”?

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A better way to fight neighborhood crime

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A filmmaker’s perspective; Alden Stoner on Hurricane Healing Garden

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What makes great cities succeed?

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Innovative hospitals incorporate garden design

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TKF Foundation’s Urban Park Vision

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2016 Nature Sacred Highlights

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Share your Secret Garden

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Find Your Secret Garden, Down the Block

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The Importance of Nature in Older Populations

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The Power of a Journal in a Sacred Space

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Stewardship of Civic Sacred Space

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Track your own nature experience

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A Healing Garden for nurses, patients and family

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What would I do without the gardens?

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Overlapping Benefits of Green Infrastructure

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Design and Fund Accessible Gardens

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Trading Birdsong for Fireworks

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An Enabling Garden: An interview with Alicia Green of Chicago’s Botanic Garden

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Exploring the Diversity of TKF Open Spaces Sacred Places

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Reclaiming a Sacred Space for Your Self

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TKF Team Member Roger Ulrich, Ph.D Honored by The Center for Health Design

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What is community?

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Why are we less stressed in green spaces?

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Healthy Minds in 2015

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Sacred in the Public Realm

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Health

Explore the many ways nature benefits health and wellbeing.

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Social cohesion

Discover how green spaces help build stronger communities.

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Disaster recovery

Find out how nature is being employed to help individuals and communities cope with tragedy.

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PTSD and Recovery

Learn about how nature is being drawn into new approaches to treating “invisible wounds”.

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Design & Restorative Places

Discover how purpose-built design is being used to encourage more meaningful nature experiences.

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Urban Resilience

Get informed of what experts are saying about the need for nature in sustainable cities.

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Perhaps you’ve been eyeing a vacant lot that’s just begging for green space. Or a neglected corner, ripe for a little pocket garden. Maybe you aren’t even sure yet—but you know your community could use some peace. Mindful reflection. Unity. Whatever the case, we’ve honed a method rooted in accessibility. These are small, often modest, green spaces meant to be folded into existing landscapes. See what we mean.

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