With the return of spring and the increasing emphasis on green initiatives, now is a great time to remind clients to connect with nature. A growing body of research supports the benefits of “green exercise” and the importance of spending time outdoors. A recent Danish survey found that access to and use of green areas were associated with lower stress and a reduced likelihood of obesity.
The survey did not identify the causal factors for the relationship, but authors speculated that the presence of more green areas in neighborhoods perhaps encouraged outdoor activities and healthy modes of travel, such as walking or biking.
Results of the survey appeared in Health Place (2007; 13 , 839–40).