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A new study reveals more health benefits of walking. In particular, walking in nature. A study found a one hour nature walk reduces stress compared to a one-hour walk in a busy city environment. Other studies have shown that mental health can actually suffer in the city due to its crowded nature and increased amount of stressors in the environment. The first certified “forest therapy” trail in North Carolina opened earlier this year at Pinnacle Park in Sylva, NC.  It’s a concept that took root in Japan in the 1980’s. Dr Mark A. Ellison, Ed.D says: “Being able to escape to a forest that is mostly free of human noise and structures provides “cognitive space”. It provides an opportunity to disconnect from people, technology and stress.” Here’s a story about forest therapy : https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nc/mountain/health/2022/04/27/certified-forest-therapy-trail-could-provide-several-health-benefits-for-visitors?cid=id-app15_m-share_s-web_cmp-app_launch_august2020_c-producer_posts_po-organic?cid=share_clip What do you do to ‘unwind’ and protect your mental health?