Nature Deficit Disorder: It’s a thing

Cross-posted from Nature Deficit Disorder – It’s a Thing– UNspOILed. Read original post here.

View from Buzzard Rock in George Washington National Forest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I recently returned from a three day backpacking trip in a remote area of the George Washington National Forest. It was a much needed vacation from my urban-focused life, allowing me to reconnect with nature, and helping ward off symptoms of Nature Deficit Disorder. Yes, that is a thing.

Don’t get me wrong, I love living in the city, and actually prefer it to a rural or suburban lifestyle. But as someone who has …read more

Trees Help You Breathe Easier and Live Longer

Breathe Easy: You have Trees

Walk five blocks in Baltimore, and you’ll appreciate the benefits that trees provide. Shade cover makes the summer heat barely bearable. Leaves stamp out unsightly scenery (telephone wires). You become almost emotionally attached to the ones that dot the sidewalk outside your front door.

In addition to living better, trees also can also boost health, according to a recent study by researchers with the U.S. Forest Service, as reported by the Baltimore Sun.

Researchers studied ten cities (Baltimore, Atlanta, and New York, to name a few) using computer modeling and were able to conclude …read more

Mother Nature: Better than Mom’s Chicken Noodle Soup?

The trees that tower over neighborhood sidewalks are full of pleasant shade and squirrels for my dog to chase. Parks and their large expanses of grasses provide a serene and cool place to walk and rest.

As much as nature gives to us, recent reports show green space is giving even more than we think. It is making us healthier.

A study conducted in Amsterdam in 2009 determined that the annual rates of 15 out of the 24 diseases they chose to study were significantly lower among those living closer to green spaces. Research showed that the rates of depression, …read more