In this episode, Al interviews Dr. Doug Klein, family physician and a professor at the University of Alberta on the topic of Parks Prescriptions (recorded 6-20-22).
Dr. Klein speaks in general about the incredibly mental and physical health benefits of getting outside, exercising, and spending time in nature. From improved heart health to decreasing stress and anxiety and much more, Dr. Klein shares some of the data from research on the topic.
Dr. Klein also describes the Parks Prescriptions program that began in British Columbia. While Parks Prescriptions began as a grassroots movement in the United States over a decade ago, PaRX, created in 2020, is Canada’s first national, evidence-based nature prescription program. Dr. Klein is now a proud prescriber, as PaRx recently launched in Alberta.
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