Reemergence of Pediatric Nature-Based Therapeutic Programs From the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuri
PISC Senior Scholar Michelle Kondo, PhD, a Research Scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture looks at the reemergence of nature-based therapeutics. “Nature Rx” programs promote outdoor activity as a measure to combat health epidemics stemming from sedentary lifestyles.
Though popular among working-class urban families, physicians, and public health official in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, adherence presents challenges for contemporary programs. Although there are differences in nature prescription programs and social context, historical antecedents provide important lessons about the need to provide accessible resources and build on existing social networks.