A Museum a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

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Recent studies show that visiting an art museum may have the same effect as exercise; art therapy can increase levels of serotonin and cortisol.

It’s great for improving not only one’s mental health, but for those suffering from diabetes and chronic illness, or patients in palliative care. Art therapy is also health for elderly patients who may be unable to exercise. Dr. Hélène Boyer says, “There’s more and more scientific proof that art therapy is good for your physical health.”

On November 1, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is launching a pilot program that will permit certain physicians to send their patients on visits to the museum. This program will be the first one of its kind. Patients will have the opportunity to view art for free in hopes of improving their overall health.

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