Research Library: Health

Health outcomes refer to improvements in physical, mental, emotional, and social health and wellness. For example, health outcomes might include improved nutrition, physical fitness, reduced stress and anxiety, or recovery from physical or psychological trauma. Therapeutic uses of nature are also included in this category, such as horticulture therapy or animal-assisted therapy.

Below you can search and find research summaries related to physical and mental health and therapeutic uses of nature.

Health

Differently designed playgrounds and preschooler’s physical activity play

Study suggests that outdoor play environments for young children should incorporate features of natural and traditional playgrounds to serve all activity levels

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Luchs, A., & Fikus, M.. (2018). Differently designed playgrounds and preschooler’s physical activity play. Early Child Development and Care, 188(3), 281-295. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2016.1213726
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'Love honey, hate honey bees': Reviving biophilia of elementary school students through environmental education program

Integrating cognitive and emotional goals in environmental education program significantly improved affinity toward nature

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Cho, Y., & Lee, D.. (2018). 'Love honey, hate honey bees': Reviving biophilia of elementary school students through environmental education program. Environmental Education Research, 24(3), 445-460. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2017.1279277
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Neighborhood context and youth physical activity: Differential associations by gender and age

Modifiable neighborhood elements are shown to have differing influences on children’s physical activity by age and gender

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Kowaleski-Jones, L., Fan, J. X., Wen, M., & Hanson, H.. (2017). Neighborhood context and youth physical activity: Differential associations by gender and age. American Journal of Health Promotion, 31(5), 426-434. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0890117116667353
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Asthma trajectories in a population-based birth cohort. Impacts of air pollution and greenness

Prior findings of neighborhood greenness’s protective effect against asthma may not have considered differing asthma phenotypes

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Sbihi, H., Koehoorn, M., Tamburic, L., & Brauer, M.. (2017). Asthma trajectories in a population-based birth cohort. Impacts of air pollution and greenness. American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine, 195(5), 607-613. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1164/rccm.201601-0164OC
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Adolescents' experience and knowledge of, and attitudes toward, bees: Implications and recommendations for conservation

Students who engage in gardening and lawn-care activities gain understanding and develop positive attitudes toward bees

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Propensity-score-weighted population-based study of the health benefits of dogs and cats for children

The health benefits of dogs and cats for children are not supported in a large population-based study

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The trends and influential factors of children's use of outdoor environments: A review

Individual, physical and social factors influence children’s place preferences and play behaviors in outdoor environments

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Aziz, N. F., & Said, I.. (2017). The trends and influential factors of children's use of outdoor environments: A review. Asian Journal of Environment-Behaviour Studies, 2(5), 97-108. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.21834/aje-bs.v2i5.226
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Environmental factors explain socioeconomic prevalence differences in myopia in 6-year old children

Lifestyle factors, including time outdoors, explain demographic prevalence differences in children with myopia

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Wilderness therapy, therapeutic camping and adventure education in child and youth care literature: A scoping review

A review of the research on the convergence of child and youth care practice with outdoor adventure reveals a credible evidence-base with robust positive outcomes

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Harper, N. J. (2017). Wilderness therapy, therapeutic camping and adventure education in child and youth care literature: A scoping review. Children and Youth Services Review, 83, 68-79. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.10.030
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Green space benefits for health and well-being: A life-course approach to urban planning, design and management

Environmental health research highlights the importance of targeting green space interventions to meet the needs of multiple user groups

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Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy for adolescents experiencing depression and/or anxiety: A therapist's perspective

Therapists using Equine Assisted Psychotherapy identify a range of positive outcomes for adolescents experiencing depression and/or anxiety

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Wilson, K., Buultjens, M., Monfries, M., & Karimi, L.. (2017). Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy for adolescents experiencing depression and/or anxiety: A therapist's perspective. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 22(1), 16-33. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359104515572379
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Pedagogical school gardens as a Food and Nutrition Education strategy: Perception of parents and educators of their impact on children's diets

Children and families experience dietary benefits of school gardens

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Evaluating a supported nature play programme, parents' perspectives

Nature play program provided families with enriched connections with each other and with nature, while also promoting the development and well-being of children and their parents

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Ward, T., Goldingay, S., & Parson, J.. (2017). Evaluating a supported nature play programme, parents' perspectives. Early Child Development and Care. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2017.1317764
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Social preference-based valuation of the links between home gardens, ecosystem services, and human well-being in Lefke Region of North Cyprus

Home gardens are valued for the ecosystem services they provide in promoting human health and well-being

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A systematic review of agreement between perceived and objective neighborhood environment measures and associations with physical activity outcomes

Perceived and objective measures of neighborhood environmental factors predict physical activity at similar rates; yet, they account for unique differences in physical activity behaviors

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Are some natural environments more psychologically beneficial than others? The importance of type and quality on connectedness to nature and psychological restoration

Some natural environments are more psychologically beneficial than others

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Green walls for a restorative classroom environment: A controlled evaluation study

A green wall can support children’s cognitive functioning and make the classroom a more attractive place for students

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van den Berg, A. E., Wesselius, J. E., Maas, J., & Tanja-Dijkstra, K.. (2017). Green walls for a restorative classroom environment: A controlled evaluation study. Environment and Behavior, 49(7), 791-813. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0013916516667976
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Nowhere to go and nothing to do but sit? Youth screen time and the association with access to neighborhood destinations

Neighborhoods with poor access to a mix of local destinations are associated with increased screen time in girls

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'I saw a magical garden with flowers that people could not damage!': Children's visions of nature and of learning about nature in and out of school

Children’s deep emotional connection with nature generates a strongly protective disposition

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Rios, C., & Menezes, I.. (2017). 'I saw a magical garden with flowers that people could not damage!': Children's visions of nature and of learning about nature in and out of school. Environmental Education Research, 23(10), 1402-1413. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2017.1325450
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Changes in experiences with nature through the lives of environmentally committed university faculty

The life histories of environmentally committed adults indicate that the quantity and quality of time in nature changed throughout their lives

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Cagle, N. C. (2017). Changes in experiences with nature through the lives of environmentally committed university faculty. Environmental Education Research. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2017.1342116
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How to sustainably increase students' willingness to protect pollinators

Direct interaction vs. webcam viewing of bees results in similar attitudes toward protecting bees, but direct interaction results in decreased fear in the short-term and increased well-being

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Schonfelder, M. L., & Bogner, F. X.. (2017). How to sustainably increase students' willingness to protect pollinators. Environmental Education Research. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2017.1283486
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Blood pressure in young adulthood and residential greenness in the early-life environment of twins

Early-life exposure to residential greenness was associated with lower blood pressure in young adults

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Exploring pathways linking greenspace to health: Theoretical and methodological guidance

Potential pathways linking greenspace to health are identified; yet more research is needed to guide policy

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Markevych, I., Schoierer, J., Hartig, T., Chudnovsky, A., Hystad, P., Dzhambov, A. M., et al.. (2017). Exploring pathways linking greenspace to health: Theoretical and methodological guidance. Environmental Research, 158, 301-317. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2017.06.028
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The health benefits of nature-based solutions to urbanization challenges for children and the elderly -- A systematic review

Research shows trends toward positive associations between urban green and blue spaces and health in children and the elderly, but results are inconclusive

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The role of public and private natural space in children's social, emotional, and behavioural development in Scotland: A longitudinal study

Neighborhood natural space may reduce social, emotional and behavioral difficulties for 4–6 year olds, but private garden access may be the most beneficial

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Urban natural environments as nature-based solutions for improved public health -- A systematic review of reviews

The concept of "nature-based solutions" suggests that urban natural environments could become a public health tool

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van den Bosch, M., & Sang, A. O.. (2017). Urban natural environments as nature-based solutions for improved public health -- A systematic review of reviews. Environmental Research, 158, 373-384. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2017.05.040
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Urban green and grey space in relation to respiratory health in children

The relationships between neighborhood greenness and respiratory health depends on geographic region

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Tischer, C., Gascon, M., Fernández-Somoano, A., Tardón, A., Materola, A. L., Ibarluzea, J., et al.. (2017). Urban green and grey space in relation to respiratory health in children. European Respiratory Journal, 49(6). doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1183/13993003.02112-2015
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Create, control and have territories or secret places: A comparative study of children's play territoriality in their daily outdoor environments between Beijing's urban village and modern residential areas

Natural areas are the most common play territories for children from different living environments

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Associations between multiple green space measures and birth weight across two US cities

Individual and neighborhood characteristics can modify the impact of green space on birth weight, and may do so differently depending on the greenness metric

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Cusack, L., Larkin, A., Carozza, S. E., & Hystad, P.. (2017). Associations between multiple green space measures and birth weight across two US cities. Health & Place, 47, 36-43. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2017.07.002
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Green space and pregnancy outcomes: Evidence from Growing Up in New Zealand

Increased exposure to green space may prove helpful in improving gestational age of newborns for women with a low level of education

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Nichani, V., Kirks, K., B., B., Bird, A., Morton, S., & Grant, C.. (2017). Green space and pregnancy outcomes: Evidence from Growing Up in New Zealand. Health & Place, 46, 21-28. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2017.04.007
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