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Health and Natural Landscapes
Concepts and Applications
By: Alan W Ewert, Indiana University, USA, Denise Mitten, Prescott College, USA, Jillisa Overholt, Warren Wilson College, USA
June 2021 | ePub 9781789245424 | ePDF 9781789245417
July 2021 | Paperback | 136 Pages | 9781789245400
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DescriptionNatural landscapes are intricately tied to human health and well-being. While contemporary lifestyles have caused people to feel disconnected from the natural environment, this relationship is now recognized as vitally important, with landscapes increasingly valued for their stress-reduction, aesthetic, and restorative benefits. Providing an overview of the history, theoretical concepts, and individual and societal implications of human connection to natural landscapes, this book considers natural landscapes' role as an antidote to our modern, predominantly urban society. It also delivers:
- A robust, research-backed overview of the intersections between natural landscapes and human health;
- A compendium of applications such as nature-based therapies, urban greenspaces, and adventure-based programming that promote health within specific populations of society and individuals;
- Due consideration of crucial factors that can adversely affect health and landscape, such as climate change.
Of critical importance as we continue to define the role that natural landscapes will play for future generations, this book should be required reading for policy makers, urban planners and industry practitioners. It provides a thorough grounding in understanding the intersections between health and natural landscapes, and will be a valuable resource for academicians and students from a broad range of disciplines including public health, leisure and tourism, environmental sciences, and geography.
Table of contents
- Chapter 1: Natural Landscapes and Human Health: An Introduction and Overview
- Chapter 2: Human Perceptions of Nature
- Chapter 3: Natural Landscapes and the Health Crisis
- Chapter 4: Theories and Concepts: Linking Landscapes and Health
- Chapter 5: Outcomes, Benefits, and Opportunities: Western Research Trends
- Chapter 6: Applications: Facilitating Healthy Connections with Nature
- Chapter 7: Connecting with Landscapes: Intentional Access to Green Space
- Chapter 8: Conclusions and Desired Future: Take a Park, Not a Pill
ReadershipThis book is recommended reading for anyone interested in the intersections between health and natural landscapes; academics and students from public health, leisure and tourism, environmental sciences, geography and related disciplines, as well as policy makers, planners and industry practitioners.
A thought-provoking and timely exploration of the most natural solution to many of our modern problems. - Belinda Kirk
In their book, Health and Natural Landscapes: Concepts and Applications, professors Ewert, Mitten, and Overholdt illuminate the complexities of the synergistic interactions between people and place. The writing is comprehensive and offers an unvarnished examination of the current state-of-knowledge. I highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to wrestle with the complex interrelationship of natural spaces and human and environmental health. - Dr. Jim Sibthorp
"It's about time". Those words kept coming to me as I read this book. For years outdoor educators have strived to articulate the value of the outdoors. This book is superb in very clearly explaining the importance of natural landscapes as they influence human health and wellbeing. The inclusiveness of BIPOC peoples and of human experiences worldwide is so eloquently presented. Indeed, this book makes a very strong case that nature is an inherent human condition. Humans need nature. This eloquent work is a must read beyond outdoor education making it an essential multi-disciplinary read. - Professor Ken Gilbertson
Grounded in cultural traditions and contemporary research, the authors challenge the notion that humans and nature are separate. Thoughtfully using landscape as an organizing structure, they provide robust examples of natural landscapes being utilized, designed, and revered for their healing qualities at the intersection of nature and public health. - Brian Forist, Ph.D.
On the surface, this book is a particularly timely and useful resource for understanding the health benefits of natural landscapes. On a deeper level, it also inspires action to protect and care for those landscapes, from the smallest urban greenspaces to the largest wilderness areas. - Professor Steve Hollenhorst
For those who know that natural landscapes offer benefits for health and well-being yet struggle to answer the "how do you know?" questions from colleagues, boards, and supervisors, this book provides an anthology of evidence. Moreover, it offers multiple examples of the theories practically applied in environments and cultures worldwide. - Dr Janet Carrier Ady
Alan Ewert, PhD. is a Professor Emeritus at Indiana University. Prior to retiring from the University, he served as a Professor in the School of Public Health and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health at the University.
Denise Mitten, PhD. has a background in education, forest ecology, complementary and alternative medicine, and health and wellness. She has engaged in research about healing in natural environments, including examining the spiritual connections people have to outdoor spaces, how to use time in nature to help women with eating disorders, and how body image relates to participation in outdoor activities. Dr. Mitten is Professor and Chair of the Sustainability PhD program at Prescott College
Jillisa Overholt, PhD. is an associate professor in the Outdoor Leadership Studies Department at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. Her research areas include the health benefits of time spent in natural environments, familial relationship development through adventure education programming, and the incorporation of experiential education practices in higher education.
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