A Healthy Dose of Green

Trees Ontario has released a paper entitled A Healthy Dose of Green: A prescription for a healthy population

A Healthy Dose of Green highlights the direct links between the natural environment – especially trees and forests – and human health. These links include the physical, physiological, and rehabilitation benefits of forest environments, the physical activities they promote, and the many ecosystem services they provide. 

“This paper provides an excellent overview and a unique perspective on ways by which changes in our environment may lead to improved health and well-being,” said Dr. John McLaughlin, Senior Investigator at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, and Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in Toronto. “Trees Ontario is to be congratulated for its summary of scientific literature, which begins a much needed cross-sectoral dialogue on the how forests and the greening of communities can contribute to better health.” 

“The paper aims to draw attention to the existing body of research by scientists and highlights the restorative effects of trees and forests,” said Rob Keen, Trees Ontario CEO. “It offers recommendations to address the degradation of our natural environment through increased awareness, conservation and enhancement efforts.”

Forests and green spaces have been linked to a significant decline in asthma, heart disease, diabetes, stress and certain childhood illnesses, as well as improved rehabilitation and faster hospital recovery rates. 

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