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      October 30, 2019

      Wednesday   1:00 PM

      1203 Second Street SW
      Rochester, Minnesota 55902

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      2019 Mental Health Forum

      IMPROVING WELLNESS BY CONNECTING WITH NATURE AND ANIMALS This year CREST AMHI is  has lined up three great speakers that will talk about the power of nature and animals in improving health and well-being.  Dr. Jean Larson developed in 1992 the Nature-Based Therapeutic Services (NBT) at the University of Minnesota.  NBT is a partnership between the Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The unique partnership recognizes the strengths and expertise to make the best use of resources from both integrative medicine and nature-based science. NBT provides a range of services including direct programming, training, education, research and outreach.  Title: Healing power of Nature Description: Did you know psychiatrists are prescribing 30 minutes in nature each day for patients? It's true! Nature is a free and accessible means of wellbeing and health promotion.  Sign up and learn more about the healing powers of nature. Arielle Courtney, Partnership Development Consultant: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division Arielle will be talking about the physical and mental health benefits of spending time in nature and outdoor recreation. She’ll discuss research on the “nature dose” and how it can be translated into practice through park prescriptions. She will highlight some of the pilot efforts that DNR has worked on to date and how more people can get involved in this important movement. She has spent the last six years working at the DNR in various capacities involving social science research, program evaluation, public engagement, planning and now partnership development. Her interest in this area stems from the inspiration and sense of calm that hiking, biking, and paddling has had on her life. She holds a Master of Science in Natural Resources Science and Management from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Tom Coleman is the Executive Director of Pawsitivity, a nonprofit organization in St Paul, MN that trains dogs to help people with mental illness and other disabilities. Nama-stay. Dogs relieve stress in ways you haven’t thought of before. There’s a new twist on an old technique (whether you want to call it slow breathing or meditation) that relieves stress and anxiety and it uses YOUR DOG. Learn how you and your dog can read the signs of stress in each other, and take home lessons that will actually help.

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