In D.C., pioneering pediatricians offer new hope and health through park RX.
What in the world is a doctor doing writing a prescription for Nature? With our nation’s current epidemic of obesity, asthma, ADHD, and now Nature Deficit Disorder, it’s time that we doctors prescribe time outside, in Nature, for all our patients.
I have worked for the last 12 years as a primary care pediatrician at a community health center in Washington, DC, where I see firsthand how sick our children are and how they suffer from chronic disease.
Just the other day I saw Michael, a 15 year-old patient of mine. His 24-hour activity and food diary revealed 5 hours of screen time on a school night (split between X-box and TV), 2 slices of pepperoni pizza and watermelon-flavored powdered beverage for breakfast, hamburger (without lettuce or tomato) for lunch, and 4 slices of pepperoni pizza plus watermelon-flavored powdered beverage for dinner. Michael suffers from asthma, obesity, and Nature deficit. This is typical of many adolescents.