Does Where You Live Impact Your Health?

With such variation in climate and altitude across our planet, it is interesting to see how these variations can impact our overall health and wellbeing. To find out more about how where you live can impact your health, check out the video below!

References:

Ezzati M, Horwitz MEM, Thomas DSK, et alAltitude, life expectancy and mortality from ischaemic heart disease, stroke, COPD and cancers: national population-based analysis of US countiesJ Epidemiol Community Health 2012;66:e17.

Khan, A. A., Banwell, P. E., Bakker, M. C., Gillespie, P. G., McGrouther, D. A., & Roberts, A. H. (2004). Topical radiant heating in wound healing: an experimental study in a donor site wound model*. International wound journal, 1(4), 233–240. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1742-4801.2004.00065.x

Huber, R. S., Kim, T.-S., Kim, N., Kuykendall, M. D., Sherwood, S. N., Renshaw, P. F., & Kondo, D. G. (2018). Association Between Altitude and Regional Variation of ADHD in Youth. Journal of Attention Disorders, 22(14), 1299–1306. https://doi.org/10.1177/1087054715577137

https://www.verywellhealth.com/best-climate-for-arthritis-5094272

Improving Access to Nature for People With Disabilities

How can we make nature more accessible for people with disabilities?

Those who spend lots of time in nature on hiking trails and visiting local/state/national parks know how helpful it can be to have well-maintained trails and proper signage. Many parks don’t take this into consideration and what most don’t realize is how inaccessible these nature spots become, especially for people living with with disabilities. Having access to nature is beneficial to people of all ages, races, income groups, and abilities. Living with a disability can impact all different types of people at any age, so how can we make nature more accessible to these people?

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Nature fosters my curiosity…

Being outside helps foster my curiosity. I have always loved learning and playing outside in my backyard as a little one was one of the ways that I really began feeding that love of learning. I used to love picking up worms out of the dirt and would play with all kinds of bugs because I was so fascinated by them and I wanted to understand more about them. As I got older, I stopped playing with bugs as much (thankfully…) and my fascination with the outdoors turned more towards wanting to see and experience all types of terrains and pushed me to travel to different parts of the world. There is so much nature to explore and I look forward to finding new ways to utilize nature in my never-ending quest to learn.

Newborns and Nature

How can newborns benefit from being introduced to nature?

It is widely known that incorporating nature into the lives of adults can help increase mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. Most studies focus on age groups from childhood through the elderly. But can newborns and infants benefit from being introduced to nature at such a young age? Research has found that newborns can benefit from nature in similar ways to older age groups. In addition, aspects of nature may be able to facilitate the acquisition of certain skills which older people have already developed. 

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