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Trees, Green Space, and Human Well-being

The Power of Trees


ADHD: Nature Therapy Helps Kids

Research Suggests a Green Approach to Treating ADHD

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A 'Dose of Nature' for Attention Problems (New York Times)

Paris Parks (National Geographic)

Outdoor Time Calms Hyper Kids (Prevention)

Annapolis Goes Green (What's Up?  Annapolis)

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"Nature may ease ADHD symptoms"

Tralee Pearce. Globe and Mail. Tuesday, March 31, 2009.

Most adults know the restorative benefits of taking a walk among the trees. But new research suggests that a nature stroll can also improve the attention span of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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"Research Shows a Walk in the Park Improves Attention in Children with ADHD"

Debra Levey Larson. University of Illinois ACES News. Wednesday, October 15, 2008.

Aired on WILL-AM several times during National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" program

For children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) tasks that require concentration such as doing homework or taking a test can be very difficult. A simple, inexpensive remedy may be a "dose of nature."

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"An Interview with Andrea Faber Taylor"

Kathleen Dunn. Conversations with Kathleen Dunn, Wisconsin Public Radio. Tuesday, May 15, 2007.

Wisconsin Public Radio host Kathleen Dunn interviews Dr. Andrea Faber Taylor of the Landscape and Human Health Laboratory to learn about the lab's research and recommendations for adding more green space in communities and green time into people's lives.

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"Trees, Green Space, and Human Well-being"

Rob Kanter.  Environmental Almanac.  WILL am 580. Thursday, July 07, 2005

If you think of trees and green space as amenities—things people like, but which they can live well without—researchers with the Human-Environment Research Lab at the University of Illinois would like you to think again. A group that includes both psychologists and environmental planners, they’ve been studying how people’s well-being is affected by the presence or absence of nature in their immediate surroundings for more than a decade.

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If the "listen to the commentary" link does not take you directly to Rob Kanter's commentary "Trees, Green Space, and Human Well-being" on his website, please scroll down to Thursday, July 07, 2005. It is the last entry on his page.

"ADHD: Nature Therapy helps kids"

Reprinted from USA Weekend, with permission. March 13, 2005

Nature helps the 10% of the ADHD kids who don't respond to medicine.

Green Therapy-- exposure of natural settings-- appears to help reduce symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, say researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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"Research Suggests a Green Approach to Treating ADHD"
David Wild.  Reprinted from CNS News, with permission. January 2005

Researchers get closer to understanding the specifics of how certain activities in certain settings affect the symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
Spending time in green outdoor settings may reduce the symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents, a questionnaire-based study suggests. According to the investigators, these are some of the strongest data to date demonstrating a link between such surroundings and subsiding symptoms.

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"The Power Of Trees"

Tina Prow. Reprinted from The Illinois Steward, with permission. Volume 7, Number 4. Winter 1999.

People need trees. They need to see leaves from their windows, to sit in green spaces, and to play in the shade. Trees draw people out from behind walls of brick and glass, and in coming together, neighbors forge relationships, nurture children, and build a sense of community. Those are key findings from a series of studies conducted by a University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) team.