Prescription to spend time in nature may improve diabetes, heart disease: UOW study

Kate McIlwain
Updated April 4 2023 - 4:10pm, first published 3:30pm
Walkers among the trees at Puckeys Reserve. Picture by Wesley Lonergan.
Walkers among the trees at Puckeys Reserve. Picture by Wesley Lonergan.

Imagine going to the doctor for treatment of diabetes or heart disease and, along with your usual script for medication, being handed a prescription to stand among the trees at the botanic gardens or get your hands dirty at a bushcare group.

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Kate McIlwain

Kate McIlwain

Journalist

For more than a decade, I've helped the Illawarra Mercury set the news agenda across the region. Currently I'm the paper's health reporter - covering the stories of Illawarra workers and residents in the wake of a global pandemic and at a time where our health systems are stretched to the limit.

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