Trees are good for the environment, but did you know that trees have both direct and indirect benefits to your personal health and wellness? Research studies show links between trees and lowering stress levels, improving blood pressure, shortening hospital stays, and even feeling younger! After completing this course you will:
- understand how spending time in nature can improve your physical and mental wellness.
- become familiar with different “nature prescription” programs from around the world.
- explore some of the social implications of access to trees and green space.
- discover examples of how trees have been used in healing across different cultures.
- create a plan for how you can incorporate spending time in nature into your everyday life.
This program includes self-paced online components.
Instructor: Jessica Turner-Skoff, PhD, science communication leader, The Morton Arboretum
Contributors: Aurélie de Rus Jaquet, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Laval University; Yvonne Wolf, founder, Chinese Intercultural, LLC; and Wendy Makoons Geniusz, editor of Plants Have So Much to Give Us, All We Have to Do Is Ask.
Age: 18 and older
Course number: WELL100-OD