Links between natural environments and physical health.

Published online
19 Aug 2023
Published by
Natural England
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Seers, H. & Mughal, R. & Chatterjee, H.

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This briefing summarises the evidence of the links between the natural environment and physical health in the UK. It is based on a rapid review of the literature and is not a systematic review. The notes are aimed at policy-makers, practitioners, practice enablers, local decision-makers, and the wider research community. The briefing highlights that there is strong evidence that exposure to nature can have a positive impact on physical health. This includes reducing blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension; improving sleep quality; and increasing physical activity levels. The briefing also discusses some of the implications of these findings for future policy, service delivery, and research.

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