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Healthy Trees, Healthy Lives in Action

Now that you’ve explored the connection between trees and people, see what you can do to boost your health and that of other people in your community.

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Your Forest Prescription

We often think of a prescription as something a medical practitioner advises or authorizes as treatment to a person. Here we are offering “prescriptions” on how to use trees and forests to improve your own health, and the health of people where you live, work and play.

To enhance workplace productivity, optimize window views outside by adding treescapes; supplement with indoor plants

Chang, CY, Chen, PK HortScience, 40(5), Aug. 2005, pp. 1354-1359

To increase psychological wellbeing of employees, provide windows with views of treescapes and natural areas

Kaplan, R Landscape and Urban Planning, 26(1-4), October 1993, Pages 193-201

To decrease stress and increase general health of a workplace, encourage contact with nature through daily walks or a natural setting around the workplace

Largo-Wight, E et al Public Health Reports (1974-), Vol. 126, May/June 2011, pp. 124–130