While many people believe that nature is good for you – be it from tradition or from personal experience – others hold that such beliefs are nothing but superstition. To counter that belief and to pave the path towards greater understanding of nature and appreciation of urban parks, the ASLA has launched an online guide to research supporting the health benefits of the great outdoors.
“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, vice president and CEO of ASLA, via a press statement released Tuesday. “This online resource fully documents the benefits of interacting with nature.”
The guide consists of hundreds of research studies, case studies, and news articles that support the ASLA’s stance. It’s part of a series of sustainable design resource guides and toolkits, and is organized by 23 health issues that affect people of all ages, such as asthma, obesity and depression. Once you’ve identified which health issue you would like to retrieve information on, simply click on the link and you will be taken to an overview of the topic along with a list of available articles, research results, and case studies relating to your desired topic.
The online resource is intended to be updated with more information to be added in the future; anyone who wishes to submit articles, research, or case studies to be considered for inclusion on the site can send them to email@example.com.