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About N'aturecare

The N'aturecare Network is a menu of parks, programs and services designed in collaboration among public land agencies, healthcare providers, and community partners to encourage people to utilize parks, trails, and open space for the purpose of improving individual and community health.  Nature Treatment provides training and consulting for health providers on how to participate in the prescription program and land owners/managers on how to support our health rangers in filling prescriptions. Nature Treatment can also provide training and supervision to outdoor guides who would like to become health rangers.   

N'aturecare Programs Improve Health Outcomes

The N'aturecare Network give healthcare providers a new set of tools to inspire patients to take proactive steps to improve their health. Parks and public lands are free or low-cost resources in many communities and provide excellent areas to recreate and play. Additionally, parks provide patients with exposure to nature, which has been scientifically proven to improve mental, physical, and social health. 

 

The N'aturecare Network includes parks, programs and services throughout the county and is designed to:

  • Encourage overall behavior change

  • Improve individual and community health

  • Foster the growth of new stewards and advocates for public lands

 

N'aturecare Programs Improve Public Lands 

Through the N'aturecare Network, the Berkshire residents can increase their time spent visiting public lands and reaping the health benefits of nature. By encouraging people to visit their public lands, we are introducing and re-introducing many communities to the diversity and beauty of the Berkshires. In turn, we hope that tying nature to not only recreation, but also to human health, will encourage more people to become active stewards, guardians, and advocates for parks and public lands. 

 

 

 

The N'aturecare Network is giving all practitioners and land managers a place to build the National Park Rx movement together.

The ParkRx Initiative is a movement to strengthen the connection between health care and parks and public lands to improve the physical and mental health among individuals and communities. The Initiative is a collaboration of national partners and subject-matter experts to advance the movement and create awareness among various audiences, including park and health professionals, to address the operational hurdles present in parks and health collaborations, and hone and measure the best delivery models currently in practice.

 

In 2012, an expert committee convened to understand the current landscape of ParkRx programs and move the national implementation of ParkRx forward. The National ParkRx Initiative was launched to develop national standards that increase the quality of new and existing programs, and assist programs in making positive health impacts. The Initiative continues to track the growing number of local, state, and national ParkRx programs and understand their successes and challenges in hopes to expand this model in communities across the country.

Currently, the National ParkRx Initiative is led by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the Institute at the Golden Gate (IGG), and the National Park Service (NPS). 

Institute at the Golden Gate. "Park Prescriptions: Prescribing Public Lands for Health." Youtube 26 August, 2010.
National Park Service. "Park Prescriptions Documentary. "Youtube" 30 January, 2014.  
TEDx Talks. "Prescribing Nature for Health | Nooshin Razani | TEDxNashville." Youtube 14 June, 2016. 

info@naturetreatment.org | 413.591.WELL | Berkshire County, MA | © 2019 by Nature Treatment

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