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Thursday, September 24 • 9:00am - 10:45am
Connecting with Nature: Rural Implications for Health and Land Use

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It is common knowledge that human survival depends on clean air, clean water and other natural resources for basic needs like food and shelter. Since the beginning of the 21st century, evidence has been rapidly accumulating that people’s wellbeing depends not just on extracting resources from nature, but also on frequent contact with nature for health, happiness and optimal functioning. Louise Chawla, an environmental psychologist, reviews major findings on connecting with nature and wellbeing, with special attention to studies with rural populations. She explores the questions—What are the implications of this research for new ways of communicating the value of biodiverse landscapes? How can this research be applied to provide healthy activities in nature for everyone, at every age, in rural towns and on the land? 
The talk will be followed by an overview of “nature prescriptions” to connect people with nature in rural communities, and case studies of programs that apply this research to engage people in enjoying and conserving natural lands. In conclusion, the audience will have time for a dialogue with presenters about possibilities for applying these ideas in their regions.   

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Louise Chawla

Professor Emerita, Community Engagement, Design and Research Center, University of Colorado Boulder
Louise Chawla, Professor Emerita at the University of Colorado Boulder, is an environmental psychologist whose work focuses on the benefits of access to nature for human health and wellbeing, the development of active care for the natural world, and participatory methods in design... Read More →

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Chris Proctor

Director of Community Benefit, Barton Healthcare System
Chris Proctor, MPT, MBA has worked in the medical field for over 25 years. After 15 years of clinical practice as a physical therapist Chris transitioned into Orthopedic practice management for Tahoe Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in 2010. Eventually, Chris lead the orthopedic service... Read More →
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Jason Urroz

Director, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation
Jason Urroz is an interpreter who loves providing people with meaningful connections to nature through outdoor exploration. A former National Park Service Ranger in Yosemite, Jason Urroz is now the Director of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s Kids in Parks program—a self-guided... Read More →
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Richard Christiana

Associate Professor of Public Health, Appalachian State University
Dr. Christiana is an associate professor of public health in the Beaver College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University and co-leader of the Healthy Outdoor Play & Exercise (HOPE) Lab. Dr. Christiana's research focuses on improving children’s health through the promotion... Read More →

Thursday September 24, 2020 9:00am - 10:45am EDT
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