Thursday, September 16, 2004

Fresh air is good for you

I have recently published a couple of articles in OpenMind, the magazine published by the mental health charity Mind.

One (to be found on Lord Bonkers' website) is on ADHD. This is the supposed mental disorder which leads to millions of children around the world being prescribed Ritalin, a drug with all sorts of dangerous side-effects. The other (which I shall put on the Web when my computer is quite well again) is on the idea that experience of the natural world is good for our mental well-being.

Here is a new piece of research I have just found, which neatly ties these two concerns together. It is tempting to say that it is obviously the exercise that is doing the children good, but there does seem to be more to it than that.

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