Great topic and article! Fits beautifully in the theme of IPPS 2012 Diversity: Toward a new Vision of Nature. Join us Sept. 6-7-8 in the Netherlands http://IPPS2012.com. We love to meet and greet you, Mariëtte, Member Organizing Committee IPPS 2012 and Feng Shui Garden professional

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“Parks are a part of our healthcare system,” said Dr. Daphne Miller, a professor of family and community medicine, University of California, San Francisco, at the Greater & Greener: Reimagining Parks for 21st Century Cities, a conference in New York City. She said these green spaces are crucial to solving hypertension, anxiety, depression, diabetes — “the diseases of indoor living.” The more someone spends outdoors, the less likely they are to suffer from mental or physical disorders. But she said parks officials and the medical profession still needs more data to take aim at the many “naysayers on the other side” who don’t believe in what every landscape architect values.

Lucky for all of us, a few scientists are doing innovative research, trying to capture that data. In a separate panel on healthcare and parks, Dr. Deborah Cohen, senior natural scientist at RAND, and Sarah Messiah, a…

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