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University of Florida to host livestream presentation on connecting with nature to improve college student health

The University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions and the UF department of environmental and global health will host a presentation by Dr. Donald Rakow, “Nature Heals: Connecting with Nature to Improve College Student Health,” on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. EDT. The talk is available to view via livestream at https://bit.ly/2QwelTp.


In this presentation, Dr. Rakow will first address the growing mental health crisis on American campuses, and will then explore the science behind the mental health benefits of spending more time in nature, specifically the ways in which such time improves concentration and reduces stress. He will then outline the simple steps that can be taken to start a Nature Rx program in a higher education environment. Nature Rx programs, which are focused on encouraging students to spend more time exploring outdoors, can be a significant component of a comprehensive wellness program.


Dr. Donald A. Rakow is an associate professor in the Section of Horticulture, School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University. He served as the executive director of Cornell Plantations (now Cornell Botanic Gardens) from 1996 to 2013. He is the co-author of “Public Garden Management” and the upcoming “Public Gardens and Community Revitalization.” Dr. Rakow conducts research and writes on the human benefits of time in nature and directs the Nature Rx@Cornell program.


To view Dr. Rakow’s presentation, tune in on Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. EDT to https://bit.ly/2QwelTp.