By Carla Santorno, Pooja S. Tandon, and Bookie Gates
“With most children going to school in front of computers without typical recess breaks, physical education, and youth sports programs, our region’s youth face another health crisis — one of physical inactivity.”
Wild Grief Virtual Hike Habits are an opportunity to come together for grief peer support and nature connection from the comfort of your own home.
This Virtual Hike Habit will start with an opening circle via video chat, similar to the opening circle on our in-person hikes.
The Nature and Health Wins award recognizes individuals, communities, and organizations for their commitment to anti-racism, equity, nature, and health. Through the generosity of a donor, there will be funds to support future awardees.Learn more about the winners
Nature and Health’s Steering Committee Members Peter Kahn and Usha Varanasi recently contributed to the new issue of Ecopsychology! Peter Kahn was Editor-in-Chief for the special issue Reciprocal Healing: Nature, Health, and Wild Vitality and Usha Varanasi was published in Focusing Attention on Reciprocity Between Nature and Humans Can Be the Key to Reinvigorating Planetary Health.Ecopsychology
By Michelle Ma, University of Washington
As residents in Washington and much of the nation are confined to their homes and apartments under COVID-19 restrictions, many people are missing their usual “nature escapes”: that hike to a serene lake, a mountain bike trail through the woods, or even a favorite campground by a river where you can relax and recharge.
By Corinne Whiting
Special to The Seattle Times
At this bizarre moment in time, most are digging deep into internal “toolboxes” in an attempt to retain some semblance of zen. Maybe you’re experimenting with meditation and yoga, crafting and cleaning, or indulgent wining and dining, shared with a Brady Bunch-esque setup of telesocializing friends.Read more
Peter Kahn writes: This small gathering of about 120 of us was focused on Reciprocal Healing: Nature, Health, and Wild Vitality. The organizer, Dr. Tom Fleischner, Executive Director of the Natural History Institute, says it this way: “The health of humans and nature are inextricably linked.Natural History Institute
Alaska Airlines recently wrote about Nature and Health. From forest bathing to wellness retreats, there’s increasing evidence that time in nature has benefits for human health and wellbeing. The story begins on page 58.Read more
Ah, the great outdoors. That intoxicating piney scent of an evergreen forest, the salty seawater glow on your skin after a swim, the parade of puffy clouds marching overhead while stretched out in a flowery meadow—being outside makes us happy and puts us at ease.Read more