Doctors prescribing time in nature to improve health

(CBS) - Some doctors aren't just recommending patients get outdoors more - they're prescribing it.

Studies show spending time outside can actually treat health problems. Research shows being sedentary or spending too much time indoors is tied to chronic diseases, like obesity and depression. Experts say spending time in nature provides both physical and emotional benefits. 

"There are demonstrable differences in their biologis, from decreases in blood pressure and pulse, and other indicators of stress," says clinical scientist Dr. Nooshin Razani.

Dr. Razani says children should spend at least one hour a day outside if possible, and parents should join them. 


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