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On the Science of Nature: “The idea that physical space might contribute to healing does, it turns out, have a scientific basis. The first study to tackle this question, published in Science magazine in 1984, showed that when hospital rooms have windows looking out on the natural world, patients heal more rapidly."

Professor Roger Ulrich, Department of Architecture and Centre for Healthcare Architecture, Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden

“It is not surprising that Nature is a source of health and well-being. She has been our source of sustenance, shelter, livelihood and rest for all of human history. She is our ancestral home and the 'baseline' that all life (including our human species) has become accustomed to, despite the recent addition of asphalt, concrete and digital screens. We do better in our bodies, in our minds, and in our communities, when we have a regular relationship with the restorative and healing power of the natural world."

Kurt Beil ND, MSOM, MPH, National College of Natural Medicine, Portland

“We are grateful to King County Housing Authority for the work they’ve done to upgrade and renovate Green River Homes,” said Mayor Lewis.  “This reinvigorated neighborhood, adjacent to Les Gove Park, will complement the city’s future community campus and is an asset to our community and to the people who call it home.”

Mayor Pete Lewis, http://www.kcha.org/news/releases/release.aspx?ReleaseID=74

There is a healing quality to nature, which has been known for centuries. Being in nature can be restorative, healing and one of the best prescriptions for overall health and well-being; in addition to having a profound impact to children’s test scores, enhancing value of community and close relationships. Our job is to bring that experience to those who don’t have easy access to nature.

 

Kirsti A Dyer, MD, MS FAAETS, 'Nature Awareness as a Therapeutic Modality: The Healing Qualities of Nature'
http://journeyofhearts.org/healing/nature.html

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