Scotland’s doctors urged to prescribe gardening and cooking

The BBC reports:

Prescribing patients activities such as walking, gardening and cooking can help Scotland tackle health inequality, leading charities have said.

A coalition of 19 organisations are calling on the Scottish government to adopt a national strategy for so-called social prescribing.

It comes after a Holyrood report backed action to combat health inequalities.

The government said it was committed to tackling the issue and supports the use of non-clinical treatments.

Social prescribing involves a range of activities typically provided by voluntary and community sector organisations.

It can include arts, group learning, gardening, befriending, cookery, healthy eating advice and sports, with a particular focus on physical activity.

Exponents said it could help those with poor mental health, long-term health conditions or those with social issues such as loneliness …”

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