Many of us have personally experienced or witnessed the positive cognitive, emotional, psychological, and social impact wild waters can have. In that light, we thought you would be interested in this effort.
Please share this statement about the scientifically defensible benefits of healthy, wild waters for human health and well-being with doctors, psychologists, other health professionals, and associated researchers. The document supports physicians and their patients in integrating nature—specifically aquatic environments—in treatment plans, provides updates for use in conservation, and bolsters transdisciplinary communication and collaboration.
The statement, a growing list of endorsers including physicians, mental health professionals, neuroscientists, and many past presenters at the Annual Blue Mind Summits, supporting literature, talking points, and a media kit can be found at the link below.
Blue Mind Rx: Healthy, Wild Waters Can Be Lifelong Medicine for All People
Endorsements emailed before 9/14/16 will be included in the final document as part of our commitment to the Our Ocean Conference at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. on September 15-16, 2016.
To endorse, include your full name, relevant information (affiliation is optional), and location. For example:
- Petra Kelsey, MD, Resident Physician, Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA
- Paul K. Piff, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology & Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine, CA, USA
- Andrew Stern, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology, University of Rochester School of Medicine, NY, USA
The final statement and endorsements will be shared at bluemind.life for all to circulate.
Just as health practitioners include exercise, a good diet, music, and relaxation in their Rx toolkit, they now have peer-reviewed research to support a prescription for regularly scheduled time near, in, and on, healthy waters.
As science, environmental, and outdoor educators teach students about the importance of ecological, economic, and cultural diversity, they can also include emotional diversity in their programs, lessons, and curricula.
Our hope is that doing so will help reverse the under-valuing of wild waters; expand this important conversation to new sectors; improve access to effective, non-invasive therapies; inspire deeper lifelong connections to natural areas, and build wider support for the actions and policies that drive restoration and protection.
J. and Nata
Wallace J. Nichols, PhD
Research Associate, California Academy of Sciences
POB 324 Davenport, CA 95017 USA
NOAA Sea Grant John D. Knauss Fellow, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington DC 20460