Published June 10, 2020

The benefits of spending time outdoors

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From better sleep to a boost of vitamin D, there are many reasons to head outdoors and connect to nature year-round.

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WebMD: Health Benefits of Getting Outside

Mental Floss: 11 Scientific Benefits of Being Outside

Forbes: Is Playing in the Dirt Good for Kids’ Immune Systems?

Everyday Health: Outdoor Exercise Can Boost the Body, Mind and Mood Environmental and Lifestyle Changes for Better Sleep

National Parks and Recreation Association: Want Better Health? Get Back to Nature

Brain MD: Ease Occasional Anxiety & Improve Your Mood With Vitamin D

Positive Psychology: The Positive Effects of Nature on Your Mental Well-Being

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Harvard Health Publishing: A Prescription for Better Health: Go Alfresco

Science Daily: It’s Official – Spending Time Outside is Good for you Spend Time in Nature to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Five Rivers MetroParks visitors should always follow the CDC’s recommendations while spending time outdoors. For the most current information on MetroParks’ COVID-19 response and related closures, visit and follow Five Rivers MetroParks on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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