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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, Volume 16, Issue 13 (July-1 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) A growing body of evidence suggests that access to nature and green space can improve health. This [...] Read more. A growing body of evidence suggests that access to nature and green space can improve health. This has led to the emergence of nature-prescription programs for caregivers and their children. However, time spent outdoors remains low and perceptions of nature and access to green space are not fully understood. This study assessed attitudes towards nature and the use of green space in four low-resourced neighborhoods in Philadelphia, PA, and perceptions of pediatrician-initiated nature prescriptions. Focus group interviews revealed benefits and barriers to spending time in nature, including safety concerns and a desire for more amenities in parks. Encouraging green space exposure may not be as simple as guiding people to city parks and may also need to incorporate ways to reduce barriers related to public safety and financial resources. View this paper