The connection between health and well being and the time spent in the natural environment has been known for years. Further evidence comes from a study carried out in Great Britain.
Research on the relationship between nature, health and well being was published on 13 June 2019 in Scientific Reports under the title Spending at least 120 minutes a week in nature is associated with good health and wellbeing. Scientific Reports 9, Article number: 7730, 2019. DOI: 10.1038 / s41598-019-44097-3. The authors of this new study are Mathew P. White, Ian Alcock, James Grellier, Benedict W. Wheeler, Terry Hartig, Sara L. Warber, Angie Bone, Michael H. Depledge and Lora E. Fleming.
The researchers asked about 20,000 adults how much time they had spent in nature in the previous week. Considering fields and woods, and excluding any vegetable garden. By asking respondents also information on their health and well being after that week. The study would show that those who had spent at least 120 minutes in nature were more likely to have good health and well being.
For Mathew P. White – University of Exeter, Great Britain – and colleagues, these are certainly not definitive results. However, they are “an important starting point” for subsequent scientific and social evaluations on the importance of time spent in natural environments, and on the relative connection with an increase health and well being. Therefore, social and cultural initiatives would be more appropriate to encourage citizens to spend more time in the countryside and in natural environments.
The study also shows that this connection between time spent in nature and health is not related to the green areas available in their own areas of residence. It would also not be related to the age and global health status of people. People who are ill or with chronic pathologies would equally benefit from some time spent in nature. Original source: Fede e Ragione.