Treating chronic disease, one park prescription at a time by Dr Zarr

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Hobart, TAS 7000

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Please join us to hear the founder of Parks Rx discuss the benefits of treating chronic disease one park prescription at a time.

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Dr Robert Zarr is the founder and medical director of Park Rx America, a non-profit organization whose mission is to decrease the burden of chronic disease, increase health and happiness, and foster environmental stewardship, by virtue of prescribing Nature during the routine delivery of healthcare. Park Rx America (PRA) works closely with managers of publicly-accessible land and water, as well as directly with healthcare providers and their respective organizations, to "make it easy" to prescribe parks and other protected areas to their patients real-time in the clinical practice setting.

There is a preponderance of scientific studies showing the connections between improved health and time spent outdoors in natural settings. Over 400 correlational studies have thus far showed improved health outcomes directly related to time spent in nature. It is rare for doctors to find such an accessible and inexpensive intervention that positively impacts a wide breath of chronic disease, ranging from diabetes to high blood pressure to obesity to depression and many other serious mental illnesses, found in all ages. It is also quite satisfying and reassuring to find an intervention with few side effects.

PRA has collaborated closely with park agencies, healthcare provider organizations, academic institutions, and Departments of Health, to create a scalable park prescribing model, to bring to urban centers where we find concentrations of chronically ill and underutilized green space.

As a physician, I will continue to prescribe parks as part of my routine practice. As an advocate, I will continue to share our park prescription model with as many individuals and organizations committed to incorporating our low-cost and accessible intervention to improve health outcomes and overall wellness.

For more information, please come listen to Dr Robert Zarr talk at the Menzies lecture theatre on Monday 28th October. 6pm for a vegetarian / vegan dinner, 6:30pm for his talk.

For more inforamtion see: https://parkrxamerica.org

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