Nature-Based Therapeutics

May 27, 2015
Exercise of any kind can be beneficial to our health and fitness, but exercise in nature, called ‘green exercise,’ can provide additional physical and mental health benefits. As we swarm the treadmills at the local gym, perhaps we should consider hitting the trails, the park or the lake, too. “When you go outside, you have a more rich, holistic benefit to your exercise routine,” said Jean Larson, Ph.D., director of nature-based therapies at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality & Healing and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. “Green and traditional exercises are both beneficial, but there is a bump in the satisfaction and overall impact of the experience when you go outside.”
May 12, 2015
Charred white pine and lichen growth following 1971 Nina-Moose burn in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. From the book, border Country, Photographs from the Quetico-Superior Wilderness.
May 17, 2014
For us Northerners, who have just lived through the cold and long nights of winter, the thought of spring brings on a torrent of adrenalin as full and fast as the snowmelt-flooded streams. With the longer days and warming temperatures comes new growth—a procession of wildflowers, each emerging at the optimal time to out-compete the neighbors for sunlight and fertilizing insects.
May 16, 2014
Hospital patients recover faster when they can view nature. Working with plants can improve concentration, encourage relaxation, and improve self-esteem. Digging in rich, black soil just feels good. But why?
January 10, 2014
Nature can provide you with more than fresh air and a nice view. In fact, nature can enhance your overall health and wellbeing. The Center for Spirituality & Healing’s Jean Larson, Ph.D., was featured in the December issue of Minnesota Health Care News and discussed nature’s health benefits…

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