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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, May 6, 2015 5B .,Interaction with nature can generate health benefits I Last week, I looked at some of the contributing factors as why the Japanese are the longest-living people in the 'world and among the .healthiest. Diet appears to be :the major reason, and at the top of the list is green tea C-FORCE consumption. Studies show only its association !with reduced mortality from cause but also its ability induce a relaxing effect green tea drinkers, as ell as a sense of :well-being. : Researching this story also caused me to stumble upon hnother time-honored iJapanese practice for Qnanaging anxiety. It seems i ,especially appropriate to knention the during the week fMay Day -- a day that has been set aside through the .ages for, among other things, celebration of the ommencement of the spring eason. In medieval England, eople would celebrate the , tart of spring by "going -Maying," gathering greenery and flowers along environments promote lowerpromotes calmness. Just the from that ancient awareness,, to find a way. sympathetic nerve activityconscious act of deep our cells have not forgotten, Says Patricia A. Parmelee, a than do city environments,breathing can make us feel nor have our spirits," she professor of psychology and and this generates health connected to our bodies and says. the director of the University benefits. It's believed that shift awareness away fromIncreasingly over the years, of Alabama Center for Mental these benefits are achieved what troubles us. necessity has pulled us further Health & Aging, "As we get partly by inhaling But it cannot begin to and further from the natural older, if we don't get up and phytoncides, the reproduce the experience or . world. Yet in a primal way, we move around as much as we HEALTH AND FITNESS antimicrobial volatile organic the benefits of walking and crave it and need this can, then we soon won't be CHUCK NORRIS compounds emitted from breathing in the natural world connection -- today maybe able to move at all." , trees. -- be it a forest, a park, some more than ever. It is why Sadly, for those of us who For the study, field green space or even a vacant camping remains one of theremember them, there seem to a trip to the countryside experiments were conductedlot, an experience within the most popular outdoor be few places around the or woods, in 24 forests across Japan. reach of all of us. recreational activities in the country where people dance A more current term for Researchers concluded that"We're interacting with United States. In 2013, the around a maypole on the first this practice could be even a two-hour walk in a city aspects of the essence of who revenue of campgrounds andday of May. But we can use the "shinrin-yoku," or "forest park rich with trees can we are." That's how RV parks in this country occasion to remind ourselves bathing." Named by the significantly boost vigor and award-winning author and alone was estimated to be of the need to get up off that Japanese Ministry of decrease symptoms of anxiety poet Patrice Vecchione about $5 billion. But we don't couch, get outside and put one Agriculture, Forestry and and depression. Shinrin-yoku describes the outdoors have to gather the equipment foot in front of the other on Fisheries in 1982, the term is now used in Japan as a.experience in her new book, and circle the calendar to reap natural ground -- to reconnect means making contact with strategy in preventive "Step Into Nature: Nurturing the benefits of the great with the transformative power and consciously taking in the medicine. Imagination and Spirit in outdoors. It may be just of nature. atmosphere of the forest. At In a separate study, the Everyday Life." moments away. As Vecchione reminds us, least one study has shown that American Institute of Stress Vecchione reminds us of a For far too many, it still"when invited, nature rushes this act generates positive found that deep breathing by time, not really all that long seems out of reach. The in." effects on health, itself for 20 to 30 minutes each ago, when nothing separated national guideline for physical As reported in the January day can help reduce anxiety us from the land. activity is a minimum of 150 Write to Chuck Norris 2010 edition of Environmental and reduce stress. Increasing he floors were dirt, and minutes a week of moderate( with questions Health and Preventive the oxygen to your brain stoves were open fires. The physical activity. With age aboutheMth and fitness. Medicine -- the official stimulates the water we drank could be and the onset of illness, this journal of The Japanese parasympathetic nervous sipped from a stream, may seem unattainable for Copyright 2015 Chuck Norris Society for Hygiene -- forest system, which in turn "Though we've drifted awaymany Americans. But we have Distributed by ! Family Violence revention and Services Act formula grants totaling 8,123,987 have been warded by the U.S. ,Department of Health and uman Services ,Administration for Children and Families to support 3alifornia domestic violence wctlms and organizations. "ACF is proud to be partnering with icommunities to identify solutions and support ';services addressing the !traumatic impact of :domestic violence," said Bill :Bentley, associate .commissioner of the Family hnd Youth Services Bureau. ."Domestic violence :,coalitions, local domestic organizations are all an integral part of any coordinated response to domestic violence." 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