Ecosystem services and preventive medicine a natural connection
Modern public health challenges require inter- disciplinary solutions that integrate knowl- edge of human behavior and its complex relationship with the physical environment. Historically, this discourse was dominated by studies of hazards and other negative health consequences associated with human–environment interactions. However, growing evidence1 suggests that contact with green spaces (e.g., parks, forests, gardens) can be beneﬁcial to physical and mental health. Despite these ﬁndings, integration of the natural environment into preventive medicine policy and practice has been slow.