Why gardening could be the best medicine

Outdoor activities such as gardening and countryside strolls should be prescribed on the NHS to help tackle the obesity crisis, council bosses say.

'Green prescriptions' setting out physical activities for overweight people could help them become more active, according to the Local Government Association.

Rather than simply prescribing medicines, doctors should consider persuading them to get outdoors. A similar programme in New Zealand has been running since 1998, where it has been used by 80 per cent of GPs.

A recent survey of patients given green prescriptions in the country found 72 per cent noticed positive changes to their health, 67 per cent improved their diet and more than half felt stronger and fitter.

Source  - Daily Mail

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