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Off the Beaten Path: How Nurse Practitioners Are Addressing Nature-Deficit Disorder

As health promotion and disease prevention experts, Nurse Practitioners are encouraged by park initiatives to dispense prescriptions for nature therapy, with the goal of empowering patients to walk, bike, and play outdoors. Wessel, a graduate of the school’s Family Nurse Practitioner program and an instructor there for more than 10 years, describes nature therapy as a family-friendly activity that “aligns with the NP model of holistic and comprehensive care of prevention, wellness, and the whole person—body and mind,” encompassing healthy lifestyle promotion.