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Should outdoor activities be a treatment option for some patients?

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Key points

  • Poor physical and mental health is often related to modern lifestyles with a lack of exercise, poor diet, stress and isolation
  • Outdoor activities can help people relax, reduce stress and instil a sense of wellbeing
  • Exercising in a green space is more beneficial than forms that concentrate on exertion without considering the surroundings
  • Promoting outdoor activity could save money through fewer medical interventions, prescription drugs and hospital admissions

Let’ discuss

  • Do you agree outdoor activities should be a treatment option for some patients

Think about a patient you are caring for with a long-term condition:

  • How would you explain the benefits of outdoor activities to them?
  • What sort of activity would you encourage them to participate in?
  • How could you evaluate whether the activity has had a positive impact on their health?

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