Using the natural environment to deliver better health- Report

The natural environment contributes significantly to public health. There is strong evidence that nature makes a direct contribution to better mental and physical health and improved social engagement.  Evidence also shows that access to natural environments benefits everyone throughout life, from young to old, and has an important role to play in reducing health inequalities in society.

Yet the contribution of the natural environment to public health is undervalued; there are many opportunities to make more use of the benefits that nature provides as an effective and value-for-money health resource.

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