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Health reform to be topic of two meetings
The League of Women Voters Edina is hosting two discussions on health reform in Minnesota.
On Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m., April Todd-Malmlov, who is responsible for developing Minnesota’s new health insurance exchange, will discuss coming changes in state policy at Edina City Hall’s Community Room.
On Thursday, March 14, Stefan Gildemeister of the Minnesota Department of Health, will talk about health reform and the transformation of Minnesota health care from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Southdale Library.
‘Nature Heals’ confab coming to Arboretum
A conference on how “Nature Heals” will be held March 15, dealing with the ways plants, animals and natural landscapes can promote health in humans. It is sponsored by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing.
Research has shown that patients recover from surgery faster when they have a window with a view of a tree or garden. Likewise, a senior citizen brightens instantly when a puppy comes to visit, the Arboretum says.
As part of a nature-based therapy program, upcoming conferences also are planned for educators, social workers, pet owners, spiritual leaders, health care professionals, parents and members of the general public.
The one on March 15 deals with the neuroscience of human bonds with the natural world, including plant and animal interaction, and how connecting with nature increases individual health and community well-being.
Speakers include Dr. Eva Selhub, a Harvard Medical School instructor and author of “Your Brain on Nature”; and Meg Olmert, author of “Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond” and director of research for Warrior Canine Connection, an organization promoting therapy animals for soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder.
The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 15. Fee is $85 for members of the Arboretum and Center for Spirituality and Healing, $95 for non-members.
To register or get more information, and for information on other conferences and study programs in the series, call 952-443-1422, e-mail ArbEdu@umn.edu or go to www.arboretum.umn.edu/2013natureheals.aspx.