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Federal program gives families ‘nature prescriptions’
USA Today

Here’s what Matias Rojas Perez first saw on a trail walk in the Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge: a wild rabbit dashing past, a 3-inch-long endangered fish, soaring birds and creeping snakes. Here’s what his doctors saw: a chance for 200-pound, 5-foot-3, 10-year-old Matias to grow healthier. Instead of an order for pills, pediatricians at the Children’s Heart Center in Las Vegas have given Matias, his mother, who is diabetic, and his 9-year-old, 136-pound little brother, a “nature prescription.”