Researchers from the University of Queensland found that city residents who spend at least 30 minutes outdoors each week had a reduced risk of depression and high blood pressure. “We’ve known for a long time that visiting parks is good for our health, but we are now beginning to establish exactly how much time we need to spend in parks to gain these benefits,” says researcher Richard Fuller. Given that 5.4% of Canadians suffer from some form of mood disorder or depression, and that metal illness in Canada costs the public health care system $51 billion each year, the use of green spaces could be a way to lighten the burden.
An adult female (left) and nymph tick (Getty Images)Jim Wilson was dumbfounded by a large rash around his navel back in the spring of 1991. Within a few months he was having trouble walking, talking, and remembering. Several doctors’ visits and three years later, Wilson was finally diagnosed with Lyme disease, which he’d contracted from a tick bite.