Healthy benefits are literally a walk in the park

Getting outdoors has amazing health benefits

May 24, 2023

Fresh air and sunshine are good for us, both physically and mentally. Healthy Parks Healthy You is a collaboration between SSM Health, Dean Health Plan, the Foundation for Dane County Parks and Dane County Parks. The goal is to find new ways to engage people of all ages to improve physical and mental health through the use of Dane County’s beautiful parks system.

Frequent exposure to nature can reduce anxiety and depression, while promoting a sense of wellbeing and fulfillment. Research shows some of the following benefits:
  • 20 minutes spent walking in nature improves concentration and, in some cases, can reduce the need for ADHD and ADD medications in children.
  • 30 minutes spent walking in a park can improve heart health, circulation and lower blood pressure.
  • Just five minutes walking in nature improves mood, self-esteem and relaxation.
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