ParkRx: Prescribing Outdoor Parks for Mental Health

Professor Dorothy Ibes, our research advisor, has been working to create a database of parks in the Greater Williamsburg Area that can be prescribed to patients by medical professionals and psychologists. There is substantial ecotherapy evidence supporting the hypothesis that spending time outdoors can be healing and that the outdoors are an untapped medical resource. The hope is that getting the medical community involved in encouraging people to spend time outside can increase awareness of the benefits of outdoor time on mental and physical health and start a movement within the broader medical community to include nature in treatment plans for patients.

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Abstract: Ecotherapy and Park Prescriptions healing through nature

Hello, my name is Alexis Jenkins and I am a sophomore at William & Mary. I am an anthropology and environmental science double major and this summer I will be assisting Professor Dorothy Ibes with her research in the Parks Research Lab.

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