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AARP: "Walk Your Way to a Better Life."
American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Natural Light May Benefit Seniors' Biorhythms, Sleep and Health,” “The Sun, UV Radiation and Your Eyes.”
American Council on Exercise: “6 Benefits of Exercising Outdoors,” “Get Out! 5 Benefits of Outdoor Exercise.”
American Forests: “Shirin-Yoku: Why Forest Bathing Became a Global Health Phenomenon.”
CDC: “Skin Cancer: Sun Safety.”
Environmental Health Perspectives: “Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health.”
Environmental Science & Technology: “Green exercise may be good for your head.”
Frontiers in Psychology: "How might contact with nature promote human health? Promising mechanisms and a possible central pathway."
Georgetown University Medical Center: “Sunlight Offers Surprise Benefit – It Energizes Infection Fighting T Cells.”
Harvard Health Publishing: “A prescription for better health: go alfresco.”
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: “What are the Benefits of Interacting with Nature?”
Medscape: “Filtered Sunlight Effective Against Jaundice in Neonates.”
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Walking: A Step in the Right Direction.”
National Sleep Foundation: “Circadian Rhythm and Your Body Clock.”
Psychological Science: "The Cognitive Benefits of Interacting With Nature."
Northwestern University: “Morning Rays Keep Off the Pounds.”
PlosOne: “Timing and Intensity of Light Correlate with Body Weight in Adults,” "Creativity in the Wild: Improving Creative Reasoning through Immersion in Natural Settings."
Skin Cancer Foundation: “Sunscreen.”
Shinrinyoku.org: “Shinrin Yoku.”
Stanford Medicine: “Connectedness & Health: The Science of Social Connection.”
University of Minnesota: “How Does Nature Impact Our Wellbeing?”
World Health Organization: “The known health effects of UV.”
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