3/5/2019: The Arts: Good for Your Health
“We should value the arts because they’re essential to our health and wellbeing.”
These words were spoken by British Health Secretary Matt Hancock in a speech at the King’s Fund health care think tank on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. He was there to unveil an ambitious initiative that will enable UK doctors to prescribe art based treatments for ailments ranging from dementia to lung conditions to mental health issues. Hancock is calling this unconventional strategy "social prescribing."
The medical benefits of engaging with the arts are well-documented. Research demonstrates a positive association between engagement in arts activities and life expectancy, disease resistance, and mental acuity. Social prescribing is intended to complement rather than replace more traditional forms of treatment.
As Hancock noted, “Access to the arts improves people’s mental and physical health. It makes us happier and healthier.”
Read the original article at Smithsonian.com: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-doctors-may-soon-prescribe-art-music-dance-singing-lessons-180970750/
submitted by Robin Puri, Membership Coordinator