Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Nature 'can help people keep fit', alcohol doesn't

This story from the BBC about research by Natural England that spending more time in the countryside and in contact with nature keeps you fit and well is hardly big news to anyone with a green bone in their body (of even green fingers). What it is, is a welcome reminder of the need to connect with nature, a need that many forget, and it is of course, fundementally important to remember that we are part of nature not distinct from it.

Elsewhere we see that deaths due to alcohol have doubled in the past 15 years. It will be interesting to see what effect the opening times changes last year had. Back in April, the Guardian reported that there had been a large increase in A&E attendances in the past 5 years connected with alcohol.

So to help stay well we need to drink less and reconnect with nature, hardly ground breaking news, but clearly there is something about our society that is moving these health behaviours in the wrong direction.


p.s. sorry for the lack of blogs over the last week - I blogged off for a while.

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