Nature RX: The Benefits are Real

Thursday, July 11

Join Cornell University's Dr. Donald Rakow for a presentation on NatureRX, followed by a Q&A and an evening walk on Duke Farms property.

Nature Rx@Cornell is a dynamic and growing movement, represented by numerous individuals and units at the university, who have come together with a shared passion for the ways in which the natural beauty of our campus can positively impact our students’ well-being.

Evidence of the healthful benefits of time spent in nature is not just anecdotal. A wealth of scientific papers have been published that provide evidence that nature experiences lower stress and anxiety, improve cognitive abilities and memory, and positively impact mood and energy.

The Nature Rx@Cornell program has adopted as its mission “to reduce stress and thereby increase physical and mental health in students through their engagement with nature, and to cultivate in students an increased appreciation of nature.” Since the summer of 2014, a diverse group of faculty, staff, clinicians from Cornell Health, graduate students, and undergraduate representatives from student groups have been meeting to research and develop programs in fulfillment of this mission.

In this presentation, Dr. Rakow will review the proven health benefits of time spent in nature and will then describe efforts underway at Cornell and other campuses around the U.S. to improve the health and well-being of students by establishing Nature Rx programs.

Click here for more information about Dr. Rakow.

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