Doctor’s Orders: Prescription Visits to Parks!

Common doctor prescriptions include painkillers, ointments, sometimes specific medical instruments. But what about actual visits to parks?

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Nicknamed “ParkRx,” doctors in South Dakota are now legally entitled to write park prescriptions, which instruct patients to take “one free day at any South Dakota state park or recreational area.”

South Dakota’s Department of Health and South Dakota Game, Fish and Park are the duo running this new prescription program. Healthcare providers are able to sign up online from all over.

Exercise is crucial to remaining in good health. The additional benefit of going out into nature is an added bonus, encouraging citizens to appreciate the outdoors and help connect their own wellbeing to nature. It’s a fun, relaxing way to remain in good health and help bolster good spirits!

For more information about this cool prescription, please go here: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/06/parks-prescribes-doctors-health-environment/

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