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How can nature and design improve our mental health?

April 27, 2016 @ 12:00 am - 1:00 pm

a shaded walkway combining urban and natural environments

Can’t make it in person? Join us online via YouTube Live!

Lacy Shelby, Principal Urban Designer, City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development; Jean Larson, Center for Spirituality and Healing and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum; and Tim Griffin, Urban Design Director, Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation

In many developed countries such as the U.S., mental illness affects a larger proportion of the population than any other group of illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. Using approaches ranging from surveys and nature-immersion experiments to brain scans, scientists are uncovering evidence that suggests exposure to nature improves our mental health and well-being. Informed by this research, pioneering public health professionals, urban planners and designers have been working across disciplines and sectors to apply this research in the design of our cities and public spaces. In this session of Frontiers, an expert panel will discuss cutting-edge science and practice that explores how nature and design can improve our mental health, bringing us closer to answering the grand challenge of fostering human well-being, advance human health outcomes and develop sustainable cities.

Photo by daniyal62 (Flickr/Creative Commons)

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April 27, 2016
12:00 am - 1:00 pm
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R380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences
1954 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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