Why doctors are increasingly prescribing nature

As rates of chronic disease among children have skyrocketed over the past few decades, pediatricians have increasingly looked for solutions beyond the clinic. Sometimes that means actually prescribing time outside. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports from Oakland on the medical evidence that indicates escaping modern urban life, even temporarily, can yield health dividends.

Special correspondent Cat Wise has a story from Oakland, California. It is part of their regular series on the Leading Edge of science and health.

Her report features primary care doctor Nooshin Razani who prescribes an unconventional prescription for the great outdoors. At the clinic run by UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland, Razani and her colleagues check on time spent outside nearly as much as they check their patients’ pulse, weight, and blood pressure.

Their goal is to write outdoor prescriptions as often as they prescribe pills — and to keep the dosage high.

Depression, anxiety, and obesity rates in America have spiked in recent years, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now estimating that nearly one in five children is obese.

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