May is just around the corner, spring sunshine is finally here .. so what better time to start spending more time outdoors. Society has become very urban-centric, congregating in the metropolitan centres that we forget how renewing and refreshing it is to be amongst nature.
This is primarily what prompted The David Suzuki Foundation to put the 30×30 Nature Challenge out there. Starting May 1, 2013 they are challenging individuals as well as businesses to spend at least 30 minutes in nature everyday, for 30 days. There are an increasing number of benefits and research showing just how important nature is for our health. From children to adults- nature is great medicine.
As mentioned on the 30×30 website, as people are drawn towards more urban environments:
Symptoms of our nature deficit are easy to spot; stress, obesity, heart disease, asthma, depression.
So it is easy to see why it is so important- these are all major health concerns. Visit their website for more information on What’s in it for you and how to join the challenge.
All of us at Broadway Wellness encourage a lifestyle that includes that valuable time outside. It is not only about the time that you spend among the trees but also about that time that you are then spending away from the hustle and bustle, screens and stress of the fast paced city. Our chiropractor, Dr. Shannon Patterson has started working with children with neurobehavioral disorders such as ADHD in her Brain Program. The research circulating regarding the advantages of time in nature for those with ADHD is remarkable. If you have any questions about the Brain Program please feel free to contact the clinic at 604-732-5222.
Here’s to Spring, and 30 days in nature!