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Did You Get Outside Today? A Berks Nature Rx Program for our Community
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All You Need is 120 Minutes per Week to
Improve your Health through Nature!
Spending time in nature isn't a cure for everything that ails us, but it
sure does offer some preventative and therapeutic benefits.
Berks Nature Rx is an easy way to introduce (or re-introduce) nature
into your routine weekly life. The Berks County Medical Society and
Berks Nature believe that doctors, patients, and the community in general
need to utilize the great outdoors to help prevent disease, and as a therapy
for physical and mental challenges.

I spend time on some of my favorite trails in the area
for both physical and mental benefits. I make it a
point to stress with my patients the importance of
regular exercise and an active lifestyle for many aspects
of their physical health, so I guess I try to practice
what I preach. My goal is to get some form of exercise
on a daily basis if possible - and I feel that we are
very lucky to have so many beautiful areas to do that
outside. There is also something calming about being
in nature, and allows me to clear my mind especially
after a stressful day or week. As an added bonus, I get
to explore these areas with my dog! -Greg Emkey

What is Berks Nature Rx? Use www.berksnaturerx.org to gather the
resources you need to spend at least 120 minutes outdoors every week. If
you are a parent, you can use these tools to help your children spend at
least 120 minutes outdoors every week. Let's face it, 120 minutes, or two
hours each week, is an achievable goal even during our busiest times. Your
120 minutes could consist of visiting a park, walking your dog, hiking a
trail, riding a bike, or simply taking a break in nature.
New to spending time outside? Don't want to take an adventure alone?
That is OK! Go to www.berksnaturerx.org to find local groups that gather
outdoors. And, look for local Nature Rx events such as guided hikes, a
walk with a doctor, and mental health meet-ups outdoors.
Every local trail (that we are aware of!) is linked to berksnaturerx.
org as well. Now that you have the resources you need you can begin
logging your minutes! Once you reach 500 minutes, you can visit The
Nature Place for your FREE gift, and learn about incentives to continue
participating in the Nature Rx program.
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