Nature of Wellness ™️ Podcast

Dr. Mark A. Campbell

Throughout history, cultures around the world have turned to nature as a source of increased health and well-being. While science continues to support this connection, and more programs are emerging to help us understand it, humans continue to spend the majority of our time indoors. Welcome to the Nature of Wellness, Podcast, where we will explore the relationship between the natural world and the human experience. Join Mark, Steve, and their expert guests as they discuss all things nature, conservation, life, health, and well-being. The future of health is NOW.

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Episode Forty Five-  Green Spaces and Happy Faces: Growing Mental Health in Nature with Dr. Matt Biel
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Episode Forty Five- Green Spaces and Happy Faces: Growing Mental Health in Nature with Dr. Matt Biel
We'd love to hear from you about this episode.Mental health is a topic that we hear about often. Managing the mental dimension of wellness is essential at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.It is estimated that nearly 20 million of our nation's young people can currently be diagnosed with a mental health disorder. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services stated that 1 in 5 U.S. children (ages 3–17) has a mental, emotional, behavioral, or developmental disorder. Many more are at risk of developing a disorder due to biological, family, school, ecological, political, peer, and community risk factors. Our relationship with the natural world is critical in supporting good mental health and preventing mental and emotional distress.Welcome to Episode Forty-Four of The Nature of Wellness Podcast.  In this episode, we sat down with Dr. Matthew Biel, Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Join us as we speak to Matt about how he interacts with the natural world, how time in nature can be a powerful mental health service,  and how one's environment plays a vital role in developing and maintaining a child's mental well-being. Matt discusses the impact of adversity and stress on children and families, the importance of reducing health disparities,  and ways to improve access to mental health services.  This conversation was just what the doctor ordered…literally.Please subscribe, rate, and leave a review anywhere you listen to this podcast.We appreciate you all. Be Well-NOWDr. Biel Linkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-biel-ab97163/Georgetown University Center for Trauma and the Community:https://ctc.georgetown.edu/Youtube-Child Psychiatry: Ask Dr. Matthew Biel:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifUr2Pmh7_4Dr. Biel Publications:https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Matthew-Biel* The unbelievable Shawn Bell produces the Nature of Wellness Podcast, making us sound good.** The NOW theme song was penned, performed, produced, and provided by the dynamic duo of Phil and Niall Monahan. *** This show wouldn't exist without our amazing guests and all of you who listen. Please like, subscribe, follow, and review to help us get these important messages out to more folks who can benefit from them. Thank you all.
Episode Forty Four- Growing in Nature with Children & Nature Network President and CEO Sarah Milligan-Toffler
Jul 5 2024
Episode Forty Four- Growing in Nature with Children & Nature Network President and CEO Sarah Milligan-Toffler
We'd love to hear from you about this episode.Humans have been innately connected to nature from the beginning of our species. Nature has served as the first teacher, providing countless lessons about life. Few things capture children's attention, imagination, and hearts like the natural world.Like most adults, children are spending much more time inside. Time spent in nature is enjoyable and necessary for increased health, wellness, growth, and development. Many researchers agree that children who spend time outside are happier, more in control of their attention, and less anxious than their peers who spend more time indoors.   Being in nature has been shown to build a child's confidence, teach responsibility and empathy, and improve cognitive performance. Problems associated with separating children from nature include increased symptoms of depression and anxiety, increased rates of obesity, and attention deficit disorder. Welcome to Episode Forty-Three of The Nature of Wellness Podcast.  In this episode, we sat down with Sarah Milligan-Toffler, President and CEO of the Children & Nature Network. This amazing organization's mission is " to increase equitable access to nature so that children–and the natural world–can thrive."Sarah reflects on how her family's conservation efforts led to a career built on connecting humans to the natural world.  Sarah shares the importance of providing quality educational opportunities and resources for children and adults, how to find ways to "Nature Everywhere," and how we can work together to create a world in which children have access to the benefits of nature everywhere they live, learn, and play.This conversation made us feel like kids again. Please subscribe, rate, and leave a review anywhere you listen to this podcast.We appreciate you all. Be Well-NOWChildren & Nature Network Websitehttps://www.childrenandnature.org/* The unbelievable Shawn Bell produces the Nature of Wellness Podcast, making us sound good.** The NOW theme song was penned, performed, produced, and provided by the dynamic duo of Phil and Niall Monahan. *** This show wouldn't exist without our amazing guests and all of you who listen. Please like, subscribe, follow, and review to help us get these important messages out to more folks who can benefit from them. Thank you all.
Episode Forty Three- Ukulele Music and The Freedom to Love with Healthcare Professional and Musician Dr. Eddie Gammill
Jun 21 2024
Episode Forty Three- Ukulele Music and The Freedom to Love with Healthcare Professional and Musician Dr. Eddie Gammill
We'd love to hear from you about this episode.Music is a fundamental attribute of our species, appearing in almost every culture throughout history. Whether or not we can keep tune or time, humans have continued to play, sing, and hum throughout the ages. The human brain can distinguish between music and other sounds.  Research shows that our nervous system reacts differently to music, with multiple studies suggesting that music may enhance human health and performance. Listening to or making music affects the brain in ways that may help promote health, manage disease symptoms, reduce stress during illness, and foster a healing response even when patients are unconscious. Music allows us to express our feelings and communicate our stories. It alters motivation levels, boosts memory and mood, and enhances athletic and cognitive performance.  Our brain requires a lot of computing to make sense of music, offering a form of "exercise" for select brain cells, allowing them to process information more efficiently and effectively. Welcome to Episode Forty-Two of The Nature of Wellness Podcast.  In this episode, we sat down with Dr. Eddie Gammill. Eddie is a Senior Director at WTW, a Registered Nurse, a health and wellness educator, and an accomplished opera singer.Eddie reflects on his incredible journey through healthcare and music and how picking up an ukulele during COVID rekindled his love for music while protecting his mental health. Eddie shares the importance of fostering creativity, perseverance, passion, and happiness. He discusses the empowerment of being involved in the YouTube docuseries  Freedom to Love, which showcases members of the LGTBQ+ community who choose to be authentic regardless of their adversities.This conversation was music to our ears (pun very intended)Please subscribe, rate, and leave a review anywhere you listen to this podcast.We appreciate you all.Be Well-NOWEddie's Website: https://eddiegammill.wixsite.com/eddie-gammill-musiciEddie's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/Eddie-Gammill/pfbid0xFbugKyb9rhkt5i2mA58Sdi88bLri1nr45L4bwHJP8koJyFasuUYqUA1nRWMGRFol/Instagram: @EddiegammillDC Fringe Festival: https://capitalfringe.org/Indianapolis Fringe Festival: https://indyfringe.org/performance/2024-fringe-crooner/Freedom to Love YouTube Docu-Series: Ep. 88:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbiDbRvYTfg&t=2sEp. 96: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vy1X-qCRJCQ&t=11s * The unbelievable Shawn Bell produces the Nature of Wellness Podcast, making us sound good.** The NOW theme song was penned, performed, produced, and provided by the dynamic duo of Phil and Niall Monahan. *** This show wouldn't exist without our amazing guests and all of you who listen. Please like, subscribe, follow, and review to help us get these important messages out to more folks who can benefit from them. Thank you all.
Episode Forty Two-  Following Passion and Environmental Education with NEEF CEO Sara Espinoza
Jun 7 2024
Episode Forty Two- Following Passion and Environmental Education with NEEF CEO Sara Espinoza
We'd love to hear from you about this episode.One thing I know about humans and why we have thrived as a species is our love of learning.Education is a healthy activity that people of all ages can enjoy. Improving intellectual wellness looks different for each of us. For some, it is multiple degrees and certifications. For others, it is researching a hobby or activity of interest. Regardless of how we get education, we are more when we learn more.We often talk about nature as the first teacher. The many lessons we can learn from the natural world are always available; we must only observe them.As part of nature, humans have the right and responsibility to learn how to protect and interact with our environment. This is especially true because of the incredible impact our environment has on our health and well-being.Welcome to Episode Forty-Two of The Nature of Wellness Podcast.  In this episode, we sat down with Sara Espinoza, CEO of The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), the nation's leading organization for lifelong environmental learning. NEEF is a non-partisan, non-advocacy organization that was Congressionally chartered in 1990 to complement the work of the US Environmental Protection Agency.Sara shares the incredible journey of how she turned a childhood passion into a successful profession and the importance of educating more people about the environment around us. We discuss the importance of NEEF's work to make the environment "more accessible, relatable, relevant, and connected to people's daily lives" through their programs focus on K-12 Education, Conservation, Health, and Veteran connection.This conversation made us want to learn more, love more, and live more connected to our environment. Please subscribe, rate, and leave a review anywhere you listen to this podcast.We appreciate you all.Be Well-NOWNEEF: www.neefusa.orgNational Public Lands Day: https://www.neefusa.org/national-public-lands-dayGreening STEM Projects: https://www.neefusa.org/what-we-do/k-12-education/greening-stem-projects Find NEEF grant opportunities: https://www.neefusa.org/what-we-do/grants/grantsVeterans and Nature Grant Announcement: https://www.neefusa.org/news/neef-announces-awardees-2024-2025-veterans-and-nature-grantNEEF LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/neefusaNEEF Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neefusa_org/NEEF Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NEEFusa/ * The unbelievable Shawn Bell produces the Nature of Wellness Podcast, making us sound good.** The NOW theme song was penned, performed, produced, and provided by the dynamic duo of Phil and Niall Monahan. *** This show wouldn't exist without our amazing guests and all of you who listen. Please like, subscribe, follow, and review to help us get these important messages out to more folks who can benefit from them. Thank you all.
Episode Forty One-  Adversity and The Power of Swimming with Paralympic World Record Holder Elizabeth Marks
May 24 2024
Episode Forty One- Adversity and The Power of Swimming with Paralympic World Record Holder Elizabeth Marks
We'd love to hear from you about this episode.Swimming is one of our most popular recreational activities. It is a healthy, low-impact movement that we can continue throughout life.Aside from being a lot of fun, swimming is a great way to enhance health and wellness holistically. The mental health benefits of swimming include a release of endorphins and serotonin, an active form of mindfulness, lower stress and anxiety, and an overall sense of increased happiness. Simply hearing flowing water can induce a flood of neurochemicals, making us happier and healthier and lowering stress levels. While aquatic therapies are standard for physical rehabilitation, more evidence shows successful management of mental and emotional challenges such as PTSD, addiction, and various anxiety disorders. Welcome to Episode Forty-One of The Nature of Wellness Podcast.  In this episode, we sat down with Soldier, Medic, and Paralympic swimmer Elizabeth Marks. Injured in Iraq, Ellie discovered her love for swimming as part of her rehabilitation. After a few years, she was named to the Army's World Class Athlete Program and began competing at the International level as part of Team USA.  Ellie received the 2016 ESPY Pat Tillman Award, a 2017 induction into the Army Woman's Hall of Fame, the 2023 Soldier for Life award, and the 2024 Military Times Soldier of the Year award. She is a 12x World Record Holder, 16x American Record Holder, 2x Paralympic Games Record Holder, and 1x World Championships Record Holder.  We talk to Ellie about her journey through adversity, how "doing hard things" helped her effectively manage the multiple adversities associated with traumatic injury, how sport has allowed her to thrive in all areas of her life, and how "success is a team sport." She shares the importance of "choosing your family" as a support system, how challenges can help us determine who we can and should be, and how our values factor impact our trajectory.We couldn't wait to "dive right in" with this unbelievable human. Please subscribe, rate, and leave a review anywhere you listen to this podcast.We appreciate you all. Be Well-NOW Ellie's Team USA Profile: https://www.google.com/url?client=internal-element-cse&cx=93c33c50d09bd4562&q=https://www.teamusa.com/profiles/elizabeth-marks-858203&sa=U&ved=2ahUKEwiw2NfpoqWGAxXQF1kFHfoFDdYQFnoECAAQAg&usg=AOvVaw0Q0Afaq0G9La_KXXMbKZ6B&fexp=72519171,72519168Fisher House Foundation Website: https://fisherhouse.org/US Olympic and Paralympic Committee: https://www.usopc.org/DoD Warrior Games: https://dodwarriorgames.com/Invictus Games Foundation: https://www.invictusgamesfoundation.org/ * The unbelievable Shawn Bell produces the Nature of Wellness Podcast, making us sound so good.** The NOW theme song was penned, performed, produced, and provided by the dynamic duo of Phil and Niall Monahan. *** This show wouldn't exist without our amazing guests and all of you who listen. Please like, subscribe, follow, and review to help us get these important messages out to more folks who can benefit from them. Thank you all.
Episode Forty-  Nature, Mental Health, and the Power of the Written Word with Poet and Wellness Advocate Jennifer Gordon
May 10 2024
Episode Forty- Nature, Mental Health, and the Power of the Written Word with Poet and Wellness Advocate Jennifer Gordon
We'd love to hear from you about this episode.The written word has always been a distinct part of the human experience, capturing our history and creating beautiful stories to escape into. Some of the earliest discovered writings were poetry, with many celebrating the natural world as its muse.Humans have a complex and symbiotic relationship with nature, although the modern understanding of nature can often oversimplify our relationship with our environment. Poetry is a beautiful way to bolster mental and emotional wellness by providing comfort and boosting mood during periods of stress and trauma. The powerful combination of meter, metaphor, and imagery helps us make sense of the world around us and how we fit into it.   Different studies have found that poetry can be therapeutic for patients dealing with various types of adversity.Welcome to Episode Forty of The Nature of Wellness Podcast.  On this episode, we sat down with nature poet and wellness advocate Jennifer Gordon. Jennifer is a yoga instructor, meditation guide, fitness instructor, avid hiker, and runner.  Born out of "writing to process personal trauma," Jennifer has published three poetry collections since 2021, mainly covering themes of love, loss, and the natural world.  Her third project, "Blue-Colored Muse," collaborates with different Michigan visual artists to celebrate the natural world.   Join us as we talk to Jennifer about her connections to nature and wellness, how advice from a mental health provider prompted multiple published works, and how nature inspires her to quiet her mind and "just keep going." She shares the importance of finding joy in self-care, how learning to process emotions can lead to a beautiful life trajectory, the power of communities, and her advice for anyone who wants to begin writing…she even reads a couple of her nature poems. This conversation was a beautiful start for soothing our souls and filling our hearts.  Please subscribe, rate, and leave a review anywhere you listen to this podcast.We appreciate you all. Be Well-NOWWebsite: www.jennifergordonpoetry.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifergordonpoetry?mibextid=LQQJ4dInstagram: @jennifergordonpoetryJennifer’s List of “Favorite Poets to Follow on Instagram”:Lauren Bowman (@l.e.bowman.poetry)Blake Auden (@blakeaudenpoetry)Steph Klees (@s.m.klees_poetry)Alix Klingenberg (@alixklingenberg)Joy Sullivan (@joysullivanpoet)Alexa Hoggatt (@alexa.hoggatt)* The unbelievable Shawn Bell produces the Nature of Wellness Podcast and makes us all sound so good.** The NOW theme song was penned, performed, produced, and provided by the dynamic duo of Phil and Niall Monahan.
Episode Thirty Nine- Pedaling Through History with "The Bicycle Nomad" Erick Cedeño
Apr 26 2024
Episode Thirty Nine- Pedaling Through History with "The Bicycle Nomad" Erick Cedeño
We'd love to hear from you about this episode.Cycling is a healthy, low-impact activity that people of all ages can enjoy. Cycling has been proven to improve strength and flexibility, build coordination and balance, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, foster social connection, strengthen the immune system, and enhance cardiovascular health. Human-powered transportation is also fun, cheap, and good for the environment.For many of us, a bicycle was the first step to freedom. Do you remember the feeling of getting on a bike as a kid, riding into a day filled with unknown adventures? What if I told you that you could still have those adventures on two wheels, exploring new places and discovering the incredible history of those who came before us?Welcome to Episode Thirty-Nine of The Nature of Wellness Podcast. On this episode, we sat down with “The Bicycle Nomad” Erick Cedeño, an accomplished explorer, historian, and storyteller. Born in Panama, Erick has become known for blending long-distance cycling, history, and cultural immersion. He has made life-altering trips from Vancouver, BC, to Tijuana, Mexico, and a 2,220-mile journey from New Orleans to Niagara Falls, retracing a route of The Underground Railroad. His lifelong love for history led him to research those who have traveled long distances on bicycles before him. In 2022, he honored the 125th anniversary of the Buffalo Soldier Bicycle Corps–the all-Black regiment of U.S. soldiers–who rode 1,900 miles from Montana to Missouri in 1897. Using a journal he discovered, which chronicled details of the trip, Erick retraced the route exactly. He did not stop there, continuing to research these fantastic figures to pay them (and their descendants) the tribute they deserve.Join us as we talk to Erick about his meaningful mission of “peddling through history,” how “bike-packing” across the country has helped him connect with people and places in surprising ways, and how long-distance trips in nature have helped him “discover himself.” He shares emotional discoveries he has made in archives and on roads, the humbling experience of joining the Explorer’s Club, and his future trips based on those who came before him.This conversation with The Bicycle Nomad left us wondering about wandering.Please subscribe, rate, and leave a review anywhere you listen to this podcast.We appreciate you all.Be Well-NOWTruth and Dignity-Bicycle Nomad Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cla9yDVrW2UNY Times Article: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/03/03/travel/25th-infantry-bicycle-corps.htmlMen's Journal Article: https://www.mensjournal.com/adventure/buffalo-soldiers-bike-rideUnderground Railroad Church Video from Interview:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbAHGVPTZUc* The unbelievable Shawn Bell produces the Nature of Wellness Podcast and makes us all sound so good.** The NOW theme song was penned, performed, produced, and provided by the dynamic duo of Phil and Niall Monahan.
Episode Thirty Eight- Healthy Parks for Healthy People with National Parks Service Public Health Director Captain Sara Newman
Apr 12 2024
Episode Thirty Eight- Healthy Parks for Healthy People with National Parks Service Public Health Director Captain Sara Newman
We'd love to hear from you about this episode.What if we told you that there was a healthcare system of over 400 locations that manages more than 325 million people each year and offers resources that are proven to positively impact every dimension of your health and well-being, with an annual cost (for unlimited visits) of less than $100...if not completely free?Sound too good to be true?The National Park Service, responsible for maintaining national parks and monuments, was established in 1916. In just over one hundred years, it has expanded to manage 429 individual units (often called parks), covering more than 85 million acres across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all US territories. While these parks are primarily known for recreation and beautiful scenery, an underlying message of health and well-being has historically been part of the NPS mission. A formal agreement between NPS and the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps was signed in 1921 and is considered one of the oldest agreements in the federal government. For more than a century, this partnership has protected, promoted, and advanced the health of NPS employees and the visiting public. Welcome to Episode Thirty-Eight of The Nature of Wellness Podcast.  On this episode, we sat down with Dr. Sara Newman, an active duty Commissioned Corps Captain in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) who has served for more than 30 years in public health positions with the private and public sectors. Captain Newman is the Director of the Office of Public Health at the National Park Service, leading public health protection, disease prevention, emergency response, and health promotion policy and programming for thousands of NPS employees and millions of annual visitors. Join us as we talk to Captain Newman about her personal and professional journey, the unique and critical missions of the "Invisible Corps" (USPHS), how our national parks are vital for continued health and well-being, and how time in the natural world benefits patients and caregivers alike.Captain Newman discusses the National Parks Service's many offerings, including the upcoming National Parks Week events happening April 20-28 across the country and some of her incredible memories of practicing public health in some of our country's most beautiful "offices." We could not get outside fast enough after hearing this fantastic conversation (for the best possible reasons). Please subscribe, rate, and leave a review anywhere you listen to this podcast.We appreciate you all.Be Well-NOWNational Park Week: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/national-park-week.htmNational Park Week Calendar of Events: https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/4-8-2024-national-park-week.htmCaptain Newman Article: https://thebatt.com/featured/life-on-the-frontline/Invisible Corps Documentary: https://invisiblecorps.com/* The unbelievable Shawn Bell produces the Nature of Wellness Podcast.** The NOW theme song was penned, performed, produced, and provided by the dynamic duo of Phil and Niall Monahan.
Episode Thirty Seven- Addiction, Running Far, and Doing Hard Things with Ultramarathoner Charlie Engle
Mar 29 2024
Episode Thirty Seven- Addiction, Running Far, and Doing Hard Things with Ultramarathoner Charlie Engle
We'd love to hear from you about this episode.Addiction is a chronic condition that can affect many dimensions of our lives, including our physical and mental health, relationships, and overall wellness.The two primary forms of addiction are substance use disorders and behavioral addictions. While addiction is most notably associated with substance abuse, humans can also form addictive behaviors to a variety of things in our everyday lives. Some of the most common non-substance addictions include things such as gambling, sex, pornography, food, technology, and shopping.Addiction is treatable, but it is critical to seek help as soon as possible. For those struggling with the effects of substance abuse, nature therapy is an excellent supplement to other treatment options. Time in the natural world can reduce stress, create mindful awareness, improve physical fitness, and assist in alleviating withdrawal symptoms. Welcome to Episode Thirty-Seven of The Nature of Wellness Podcast.  On this episode, we sat down with writer, speaker, ultra-endurance athlete, and recovering addict Charlie Engle. Charlie has a story worthy of a Hollywood biopic, from his issues with substance abuse, a stint in prison, being a producer on a top-rated TV show, and running 4500 miles across the Sahara Desert. He was documented in the film RUNNING THE SAHARA, which led to the creation of H2O Africa, now known as Water.org, co-founded by Matt Damon.Join us as we talk to Charlie about his personal and professional journey, how he credits time in the natural world with helping him stay sober for more than 30 years, and how we can adjust our treatment of addiction to incorporate more nature-based therapies.Charlie discusses his relationship with distance running, common misconceptions about addiction, and how harnessing an unwavering passion can lead to incredible results. This conversation reminded us that life is an ever-changing marathon, not a sprint (pun fully intended). https://natureofwellness.buzzsprout.comPlease subscribe, rate, and leave a review anywhere you listen to this podcast.We appreciate you all.Be Well-NOWCharlie's Website: www.charlieengle.comCharlie's Book Running Man: https://www.charlieengle.com/runningmanCharlie's Audiobook: https://www.audible.com/pd/B01KBD4J4I?source_code=ASSORAP0511160006&share_location=pdp* The Nature of Wellness Podcast is produced by the remarkable Shawn Bell.** The NOW theme song was written, performed, produced, and graciously provided by the incredibly talented Phil and Niall Monahan.
Episode Thirty Six- Prescribing Nature with Canada PaRx Founder Dr. Melissa Lem
Mar 15 2024
Episode Thirty Six- Prescribing Nature with Canada PaRx Founder Dr. Melissa Lem
We'd love to hear from you about this episode.Nature was the first physician, the first hospital, the first pharmacy, and the first healthcare plan. The scientific community is finally (and formally) proving what we have always known... time in nature makes us healthier. Healthcare systems have been utilizing nature as a form of treatment for decades. One of the gold-standard examples of this progress is the Canada PaRx program. PaRx is an initiative of the British Columbia Parks Foundation driven by healthcare professionals. It is Canada's first national nature prescription program, focused on "prescribing time in nature for lifelong health benefits."  Imagine seeing your provider and being told you would receive a prescription to go outside.That is a world we want to live in.We all know that increased physical activity is associated with significant health benefits. These include a reduction in obesity and blood pressure and improvements in child development and mental health.Welcome to Episode Thirty-Six of The Nature of Wellness Podcast.  On this episode, we sat down with Dr. Melissa Lem, a Vancouver family physician who works in rural and northern communities. She also serves as the Director of Canada PaRx and President of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. Dr. Lem is an internationally recognized leader in nature and health, a widely published writer, climate change panelist, medical columnist, and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia. Join us as we talk to Melissa about her personal and professional journey with the natural world, the incredible benefits nature can provide to our physical and mental health, the need for nature as part of mainstream medical programming, and her motivations behind founding Canada PaRX. Dr. Lem discusses the fantastic work the program is currently involved in, the need for prescribing nature in our current world, and practical tips for both providers and patients to begin utilizing nature for health. We certainly felt healed after this physician visit. Please subscribe, rate, and leave a review anywhere you listen to this podcast.We appreciate you all.Be Well-NOWDr. Lem Instagram: @drmelissalemDr. Lem Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissa-lem-02815b25b/PaRx Program Website: https://www.parkprescriptions.ca/Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment: https://cape.ca/Canadian Geographic Interview with Dr. Lem:https://canadiangeographic.ca/articles/interview-with-melissa-lem-on-making-nature-more-accessible-and-becoming-a-climate-activist/Dr. Lem Interview on The Weather Network:https://www.theweathernetwork.com/en/news/climate/solutions/changemakers-meet-the-doctor-prescribing-nature-to-her-patients CBC Article: Nature and Mental Health: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-fo* The Nature of Wellness Podcast is produced by the remarkable Shawn Bell.** The NOW theme song was written
Episode Thirty Five-Mind, Body, and Soil with Root in Nature
Mar 1 2024
Episode Thirty Five-Mind, Body, and Soil with Root in Nature
We'd love to hear from you about this episode.Getting our hands dirty is not a new idea. A strong connection to soil has always been critical for human thriving. Around 12,000 years ago, our hunter-gatherer ancestors started transitioning into a farming culture. Growing crops became a reliable and sustainable way to access high-quality food.  Besides the nutritional benefits, gardening has been shown to improve our well-being in many ways. Studies have shown that time spent gardening can increase physical activity, offer a tangible sense of purpose, and reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Some research has shown that regular gardening may assist in reducing the risk of dementia by up to 50%.Therapeutic horticulture programs have been used in hospitals for many years, increasing satisfaction and reducing stress, which can reduce healing times. Contact with specific bacteria in the soil, called Mycobacterium vaccae, releases serotonin in the brain, which serves as a natural anti-depressant and strengthens the immune system. According to a 2021 National Gardening Association study, over 18 million people became new gardeners, and existing gardeners spent 47% more time with their hands in the dirt.   Welcome to Episode Thirty-Five of The Nature of Wellness Podcast.  On this episode, we sat down with a couple of amazing representatives of the horticulture world. Alexis  Ashworth is the Founder and CEO of Root in Nature, a Canada-based company with the vision of “A world where people live their healthiest lives through connection with plants and nature. Katie McGillivray, a Registered Horticultural Therapist, is the company’s Lead for Courses and Community. Join us as we talk to Alexis and Katie about their personal and professional relationships with the natural world, the many benefits of horticultural therapy, and the community-serving mission of Root in Nature. These two “Green Thumbs” discuss how a garden is a perfect backdrop for social connection, which plants best serve us based on our needs, and the best ways to start gardening as a beginner. This was a conversation we could certainly “dig” (pun intended). Please subscribe, rate, and leave a review anywhere you listen to this podcast.We appreciate you all.Be Well-NOWRoot in Nature Website: https://rootinnature.ca/Root in Nature Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/root.in.natureLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/root-in-nature/Alexis’ contact: alexis@rootinnature.ca* The Nature of Wellness Podcast is produced by the remarkable Shawn Bell.** The NOW theme song was written, performed, produced, and graciously provided by the incredibly talented Phil and Niall Monahan.
Episode Thirty Four-Nature and Neuroscience with Dr. Susan A. Masino
Feb 16 2024
Episode Thirty Four-Nature and Neuroscience with Dr. Susan A. Masino
We'd love to hear from you about this episode.Just in case it wasn’t clear, humans are complex. How our minds and bodies function together is nothing short of fascinating. One of our favorite aspects of human performance and well-being is the neuroscience behind how we live. Neuroscience is understood to be a multidisciplinary science, one that is focused on the unique structure and function of the human nervous system. Research continues to show that how we interact with the natural world impacts our neurology in many ways. Studies have found that time in nature can lead to better attention and focus, increased sensory processing, enhanced cognitive flexibility and function, and more creativity. As we have mentioned on multiple occasions, natural time leads to positive effects on our mental and emotional health as well, including the management of symptoms of anxiety and depression.We do not doubt that most (if not all) of us have experienced these effects after spending time outside, but maybe we didn’t fully understand why. Welcome to Episode Thirty-Four of The Nature of Wellness Podcast.  On this episode, we sat down with author, researcher, and nature-focused neuroscientist Dr. Susan A. Masino. Dr. Masino is a Professor of Applied Science at Trinity College, with a joint appointment in Neuroscience and Psychology. She is a former Fellow in Forest Research at Harvard and has published papers and policies on the natural stewardship of forest ecosystems, the promotion and restoration of brain health, and the relationship among metabolism, brain activity, and behavior.Join us as we talk to Susan about her personal and professional journey with the natural world, the multiple benefits of how time in nature profoundly impacts our neurology,  and the need to protect natural spaces for our continued existence as a species.Dr. Masino also shares her personal experiences for creating and protecting what she calls “community wilds,” which is a critical need in our current social landscape of division and isolation.  We left this amazing conversation with nature on our brains (pun intended). Please subscribe, rate, and leave a review anywhere you listen to this podcast. We appreciate you all.Be Well-NOWDr. Masino Faculty Profile at Trinity College:https://internet3.trincoll.edu/facprofiles/default.aspx?fid=1117011Trinity College Frederick Olmsted Brain Series on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaFy3DAjq6qd5t0GBwe8cq5YVI-n7Ku4I Article Showcasing Dr. Masino:https://www.thetransmitter.org/craft-and-careers/into-the-woods-with-susan-masino/Nature and Our Best Future by Dr. Masino:https://www.thethinkingrepublic.com/3-seconds/nature-and-our-best-future-a-neuroscientists-perspectiveRESTORE- the North Woods: www.RESTORE.org Old Growth Forest Profile:https://www.oldgrowthforest.net/forest-advocates* The Nature of Wellness Podcast is produced by the remarkable Shawn Bell.** The NOW theme song was written, performed, produced, and graciously provided by the incredibly talented Phil and Niall
Episode Thirty Three-Health Tech Solutions and Mental Wellness with Preventia Founder/CEO Brian Schroeder
Feb 2 2024
Episode Thirty Three-Health Tech Solutions and Mental Wellness with Preventia Founder/CEO Brian Schroeder
We'd love to hear from you about this episode.According to the Global Wellness Institute, mental wellness is “an internal resource that helps us think, feel, connect, and function; it is an active process that helps us to build resilience, grow, and flourish.”By definition, this means that it is more than just the absence of mental illness, which is what we normally lump under the catch-all term “mental health” in modern society. Mental wellness helps us shift our perspective from stigma to more of a sense of shared humanity, which we desperately need. According to the American College Health Association's (ACHA) Spring 2022 National College Health Assessment, which surveyed over 54,000 undergraduate students,  approximately 77% were experiencing moderate to serious psychological distress. We have more “Mental Health” resources available than ever before, but we continually hear that we are mentally unwell. It raises the question and need for more whole-person approaches to well-being. Welcome to Episode Thirty-three of The Nature of Wellness Podcast.  On this episode, we sat down with a 20+ year veteran of the healthcare and wellness fields, Past President of the National Wellness Institute Board, and healthcare entrepreneur Brian Schroeder. Brian is the founder and CEO of Preventia, a health-tech startup and virtual care platform that helps people better manage habit, behavior, and mental well-being.” Preventia’s unique “Coach Approach” empowers people to manage habits, behavior, and mental health more effectively – by connecting them to caregivers who are trained in behavior change. Their primary focus is on the mental and emotional well-being in college and university, business, and healthcare cultures. Join us as we talk to Brian about his incredible personal and professional health and wellness journey, his extremely personal motivation for beginning a health and wellness tech company, how time in nature is good for any entrepreneur, and how a “whole-person approach” is needed for our ongoing mental health challenges. Preventia partnered with Butler University to provide the first Student Mental Wellness Summit in JAN 2024. The event was built by the identified needs of the student body and supported by all aspects of Butler's leadership. Mark and Brian created a brief recap of the event at the end of this episode. We all left this conversation feeling ready and equipped to be part of the mental wellness solution.  Please subscribe, rate, and leave a review anywhere you listen to this podcast. We appreciate you all.Be Well-NOWPreventia Overview: https://preventiagroup.comStudent Mental Wellness Summit Recap: https://preventiagroup.com/butler-university-student-athlete-mental-wellness-summit/University Hosts Mental Health Summit:https://www.wishtv.com/news/education/butler-university-hosts-1st-student-athlete-mental-wellness-summit/Bolstering Student-Athlete Mental Wellness Story:https://www.wishtv.com/news/allindiana/bolstering-student-athlete-mental-wellness/* The Nature of Wellness Podcast is produced by the remarkable Shawn Bell.** The NOW theme song was written, performed, produced, and graciously provided by the incredibly talented Phil and Niall Monahan.
Episode Thirty Two-Yoga, Nature, and the World's First Wellness Model with Larissa Hall Carlson
Jan 19 2024
Episode Thirty Two-Yoga, Nature, and the World's First Wellness Model with Larissa Hall Carlson
We'd love to hear from you about this episode.Wellness as we know it gained notoriety in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. The writings and leadership of an informal network of US physicians and scholars were pivotal in shaping how we began exploring “holistic” ways of addressing health.  The wellness field is built on the foundations of multiple medical, intellectual, and spiritual movements throughout history. Aspects of the field can be traced to ancient civilizations in Rome, Asia, and Greece. Ayurveda, a naturally holistic and preventative medicine system, originated in India over 3,000 years ago. The word Ayurveda translates to “Knowledge of Life” and encourages specific lifestyle interventions and natural therapies to regain a balance between the body, mind, spirit, and the environment.One could easily consider Ayurveda “The World’s First Wellness Model.”Welcome to Episode Thirty-two of The Nature of Wellness Podcast.  On this episode, we sat down with Ayurvedic Practitioner, End-of-Life Doula, and Yoga Instructor Larissa Hall Carlson. Named one of the “100 Trailblazers in Yoga and Ayurveda” by Spirituality & Health Magazine, Larissa leads transformative, empowering, and inspiring workshops, retreats, and trainings worldwide. Larissa is co-director of multiple Yoga Journal online courses and formerly served in various positions within the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, including Education Manager for the Institute for Extraordinary Living and Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda.Join us as we talk to Larissa about her incredible personal health journey, how nature serves as a source of personal and professional motivation, how taking risks can yield highly positive results, and how a random VHS tape changed the trajectory of her life. Larissa discusses the powerful foundations of Ayurvedic practice, how simple lifestyle changes can lead to significant health results, how to “live and eat with the seasons,” and how practices like yoga and mindfulness can enhance optimal performance. This incredible conversation left us feeling “whole.” Please subscribe, rate, and leave a review anywhere you listen to this podcast. It truly helps us extend the reach of these powerful messages. We appreciate you all.Be Well-NOWLarissa's Website: www.larissacarlson.comInstagram: @LarissaHallCarlsonLarissa's Insight Timer Resources: https://insighttimer.com/larissahallcarlson* The Nature of Wellness Podcast is produced by the remarkable Shawn Bell.** The NOW theme song was written, performed, produced, and graciously provided by the incredibly talented Phil and Niall Monahan.
Episode Thirty One- Workplace Well-Being and Health Culture with Richard Safeer, M.D.
Jan 5 2024
Episode Thirty One- Workplace Well-Being and Health Culture with Richard Safeer, M.D.
We'd love to hear from you about this episode.Happy New Year!!!Many of us start each January by setting goals, deciding on priorities, and declaring resolutions for the upcoming year.  The most common goals each year center around health and well-being, with many falling under the umbrella of “getting in shape” or “losing weight.”According to a new survey by Forbes Health, the top resolutions for 2024 include improving fitness, finances, and mental health. "Getting to the gym more, drinking less, and being more active and healthy,"  Regardless of the specifics of our goals, as the ball drops on New Year's Eve, millions focus intention on lifestyle changes. We want to start fresh and become a better, healthier, and happier version of ourselves. Welcome to Episode Thirty-one of The Nature of Wellness Podcast.  On this episode, we sat down with workplace health pioneer, author, and thought leader Richard Safeer, M.D. For the past 20 years, Dr. Safeer has assessed cultures, trained leaders, and conducted and explored research on the intersection of individual and organizational behavior. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Director of Employee Health and Well-Being for Johns Hopkins Medicine, where he leads the Healthy at Hopkins employee health and well-being strategy.    In early 2023, Richard released A Cure for the Common Company: A Well-Being Prescription for a Happier, Healthier, and More Resilient Workforce, which was extremely well-received in the healthcare and wellness fields. Join us as we talk to Dr. Safeer about his impressive personal journey within the healthcare field, the most important (and often overlooked) factors for a successful culture, and how we can integrate our workplace into New Year’s resolutions.  Richard discusses how his incredible book is meant to serve leaders in all fields, the need for organizations to employ “internal wellness champions,” how time in nature impacts his personal and professional roles,  and how “well-being is a team sport.”We left this conversation ready to face a new year, happier, healthier, and spending more time outside.  Please subscribe, rate, and leave a review anywhere you listen to this podcast.  We appreciate you all.Be Well-NOWDr. Safeer's Website: https://richardsafeer.com/Connect with Dr. Safeer on LinkedInLearn how to create a well-being culture on your team: CreatingAWellbeingCulture.comPick up a copy of 'A Cure for the Common Company: https://amzn.to/3bG1q1D  Dr. Safeer's Book and Discussion Guide: https://richardsafeer.com/bookshelf/Ten Minute Well-Being Tips for Managers on Boundaries is here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNQYej4C31A* The Nature of Wellness Podcast is produced by the remarkable Shawn Bell.** The NOW theme song was written, performed, produced, and graciously provided by the incredibly talented Phil and Niall Monahan.
Episode Thirty-Faith, Family, and Holiday Festivities with SInger/Songwriter Kerrie Roberts
Dec 22 2023
Episode Thirty-Faith, Family, and Holiday Festivities with SInger/Songwriter Kerrie Roberts
We'd love to hear from you about this episode.We often talk about the natural world as being the first classroom, the first physician, and the first form of spiritual practice. As we find ourselves in the Holiday Season, we decided to discuss the connections between faith, nature, and the human experience. While we all may have different faith-based belief systems, we can all agree on certain parts of our human experience journey.Nature has always been a central component of the human spiritual experience. In most faith practices, the natural world is universally agreed upon as embodying divinity, sacredness, and spiritual power. Most religions and spiritual practices have expressed strong connections to the natural world and commitments to protect it.Welcome to Episode Thirty of The Nature of Wellness Podcast.  On this episode, we sat down with Kerrie Roberts. Kerrie is a nationally acclaimed GMA Dove award nominee and Billboard charting writer/recording artist who has released music on both major and independent labels. Her music appears on numerous TV shows, movies/documentaries, podcasts, and numerous other projects. Her most recent project is a newly released holiday album entitled Because It’s Christmas. Kerrie consistently writes, produces, and releases music while serving as a worship leader. She is an avid gardener and a certified health and wellness coach with Wellcoaches. Kerrie holds an adjunct faculty position at a university in Florida but prides herself on the development of her two favorite students, her two daughters, whom she home-educates.Join us as we talk to Kerrie about her journey with nature, the importance of finding personalized lifestyle changes for increased well-being, and what faith and the holiday season truly mean to her.  Kerrie discusses the power of letting go of pride and ego, how time in nature can be a strong point of connection within a community, how making nature-based memories with family can become generationally-given gifts, and how she embraces activities such as nature-based journaling as a teaching tool for herself and her family. Kerrie wanted each of us to have a special gift from her. Check out her single “Merry in My Christmas is YOU,” from her new album, at the end of the episode.HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! We wish you a time of peace, love, family, faith…and  NATURE. Please subscribe, rate, and leave a review anywhere you listen to this podcast. It helps us extend the reach of these powerful messages. We appreciate you all.Be Well-NOWKerrie’s Website: kerrieroberts.comConnect with Kerrie: facebook.com/kerrierobertsmusicinstagram.com/kerrieroberts Kerrie’s Christmas Album:Apple-https://music.apple.com/ca/album/because-its-christmas-ep/1718029230Spotify-https://open.spotify.com/album/21KQBCtGNzLyJCKQbqSJn7Scrooge Podcast: https://scroogepodcast.com/Nature Journaling curriculum: https://johnmuirlaws.com/journaling-curriculum/ * The Nature of Wellness Podcast is produced by the remarkable Shawn Bell.** The NOW theme song was written, performed, produced, and graciously provided by the inc
Episode Twenty Nine-Brook Trout, Bluegrass, and Belonging with Orvis DEI Partner Sav Sankaran
Dec 8 2023
Episode Twenty Nine-Brook Trout, Bluegrass, and Belonging with Orvis DEI Partner Sav Sankaran
We'd love to hear from you about this episode.Nature is the perfect classroom for learning about the importance of diversity. By simply stepping outside and observing a natural environment for a few moments, we will most likely see one of the greatest examples of how a diverse system can thrive.The natural world shows us how wonderfully different and unique species can all thrive together in a balanced, harmonious ecosystem. The same principles can apply to all areas of human existence. We create a beautiful world by celebrating diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging. We can learn a lot from nature!Welcome to Episode Twenty-Nine of The Nature of Wellness Podcast.  On this episode, we sat down with Sav Sankaran, Orvis Inclusion & Engagement Business Partner, passionate hunter and angler, and a nationally acclaimed touring bluegrass musician.A first-generation American, Sav has been an associate at The Orvis Company for over a decade. He is a founding member of Orvis’ Justice Equity Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) committee. He helps to lead the company’s DEI and engagement efforts, helping the company make the outdoors and the outdoor industry more inclusive. He is also a board member of Minority Outdoor Alliance (Season One, episode 14). Sav is a proud Penn State Nittany Lion with a Diversity & Inclusion certificate from Cornell University.Join us as we talk to Sav about barriers to outdoor access, the power of being true to ourselves, what companies can do to create successful DEI initiatives, and how to embrace nature to build your identity.  Sav discusses the power of bringing us together through music, the lessons nature can teach us about equality, the importance of including diverse voices in company initiatives, and how finding and nurturing our communities is important. At the end of the episode, Sav was gracious enough to share the new song “Moments” from his band Unspoken Tradition. We left this conversation celebrating how wonderfully harmonious, diverse, and special our world is. Please subscribe, rate, and leave a review anywhere you listen to this podcast. It helps us extend the reach of these powerful messages. We appreciate you all.Be Well-NOWUnspoken Truth Website:  https://unspokentradition.comUnspoken Tradition Spotify Page https://open.spotify.com/artist/1ffmxtCun2OgtqJlvlanQv?si=Nhu1vaWOSOmU2gcj3rayCQOrris Angling for All:  https://www.orvis.com/angling-for-all.htmlMinority Outdoor Alliance: https://www.minorityoutdooralliance.org * The Nature of Wellness Podcast is produced by the remarkable Shawn Bell.** The NOW theme song was written, performed, produced, and graciously provided by the incredibly talented Phil and Niall Monahan.
Episode Twenty Eight- Becoming a Healthy Deviant with Pilar Gerasimo
Nov 24 2023
Episode Twenty Eight- Becoming a Healthy Deviant with Pilar Gerasimo
We'd love to hear from you about this episode.Thanks to decades of advances in awareness, research, and resources, humans are living longer. Yet large amounts of the population are consistently facing chronic health issues, diseases, and health disparities, These ongoing challenges are common and costly, and many are preventable.Many factors are behind our current levels of health, including the social narratives we have created around lifestyles that have become normal.’These questionable lifestyles are undermining our well-being and imperiling the future of humanity.   Welcome to Episode Twenty-Eight of The Nature of Wellness Podcast.  On this episode, we sat down with award-winning health journalist, founding editor of Experience Life magazine (which reaches millions with each issue), and co-host of the top-rated The Living Experiment podcast Pilar Gerasimo. Pilar served as senior vice president of Healthy Living for Life Time Fitness, lead health editor at The Huffington Post, and chief creative officer for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Her incredible work has earned attention from the New York Times, Psychology Today, Mindful, Blue Zones, Thrive Global, and many other leading media outlets. Pilar’s work has also been embraced by the World Economic Forum, the International Monetary Fund, and a variety of healthcare organizations.Join us as we talk to Pilar about her personal wellness journey, the power of standing out from unhealthy social norms, the pitfalls of comparison, and how to take the first steps toward building your own healthy identity. Pilar discusses the power of awareness, the lessons that we should re-discover from our ancestors, the importance of including those we love in our journeys, how small modifications lead to big breakthroughs in personal health, and the power of community. We left this conversation ready to become healthy deviants, and break from the ’norm.’ Please subscribe, rate, and leave a review anywhere you listen to this podcast. It will help us extend the reach of these powerful messages. We appreciate you all. Be Well-NOW Pilar Gerasimo Instagram: @pilargerasimoPilar’s Podcast www.livingexperiment.com.The Healthy Deviant Website: https://www.thehealthydeviant.com A very generous FREE offer for NOW listeners: 5-Day Un-Challenge sales page: https://www.thehealthydeviant.com/5day-unchallenge  enter code NOW5DAY at checkout to get the course for free. * The Nature of Wellness Podcast is produced by the remarkable Shawn Bell.** The NOW theme song was written, performed, produced, and graciously provided by the incredibly talented Phil and Niall Monahan.
Episode Twenty Seven (Season Two Premiere)- Veteran Well-Being with John Langford and Sarah Evans
Nov 10 2023
Episode Twenty Seven (Season Two Premiere)- Veteran Well-Being with John Langford and Sarah Evans
We'd love to hear from you about this episode.HAPPY VETERANS DAY!!!Our veteran population is crucial to our way of life for many reasons.  They have dedicated a portion of their lives to protecting our freedoms, shaping our nation, and setting the example of adaptability and service. Veterans Day is a time for us to stand united in showing our respect and support to those who have served. Veteran wellness is something that must be a united, daily effort. Service members face unique challenges throughout their military careers. The type, intensity, and duration of service, along with multiple layers of complexity during the transition process into veteran status can have a negative impact on health and well-being. This is a meaningful topic to both of us for many reasons and we are proud to focus on ways to collaborate with individuals and organizations who support veteran health and well-being.Welcome to SEASON TWO of The Nature of Wellness Podcast!!! Join us for this special premiere episode as we share two interviews with veterans who make life better for those who serve. John Langford served in the Marine Corps, as both enlisted and officer, for 23 years, retiring in 2009. During his service, John held multiple positions that focused on the health and well-being of active-duty Marines. John continues to devote his time to supporting those who have worn the uniform and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Project Healing Waters, a non-profit dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings. John continues to devote his time to serving those who have served.John talks about the challenges that veterans face during the transition, how time in nature (especially near water) can positively impact health and well-being, the origins and incredible program offerings of PHW, and the power of resilience and authenticity. Sarah Evans served in the United States Air Force, retiring as a Captain. While serving in Afghanistan in 2012,  she was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, eventually leading to the amputation of her left leg at the hip. During her recovery, Sarah was introduced to adaptive sports, leading her down a path of self-discovery and growth. She has completed the 26.2-mile Bataan Memorial Death March and summited Mt. Kilimanjaro. Sarah has also competed in both the Warrior Games and Invictus Games and is currently a member of the US Amputee Soccer team. Sarah discusses some of the multi-dimensional wellness challenges veterans face, the need to build quality systems of support and finding your community, the power of “putting yourself out there,” and what is truly possible after facing adversity. We are beyond fortunate to have had these conversations and both left these discussions a bit different. Please subscribe, rate, and leave a review anywhere you listen to this podcast. We appreciate you all. Be Well-NOW Project Healing Waters Website: https://projecthealingwaters.orgInstagram: @phwffUS Amputee Soccer Association Website: usampsoccer.org Instagram: @usamputeesoccer    @usamputeesoccer_women * The Nature of Wellness Podcast is produced by the remarkable Shawn Bell.** The NOW theme song was written, performed, produced, and graciously provided by the incredibly talented Phil and Niall Monahan.
Episode Twenty Six (SPECIAL EDITION)- Elevating Change at the WELCOA Summit
Oct 27 2023
Episode Twenty Six (SPECIAL EDITION)- Elevating Change at the WELCOA Summit
We'd love to hear from you about this episode.One of the biggest fears we face as a species is change. We have been socialized to believe that change is “bad,” or “scary,” or “hard.” While some changes are unpredictable and require more effort, change is the one true constant in our lives. It is also important to remember that every good thing you've ever experienced, or accomplished in life was the result of change. Change is a foundational part of our health and wellness journeys. Helping others make positive, lasting lifestyle changes lies at the very center of the wellness field. What does it mean to “Elevate Change?”Mark recently had the opportunity to gather with hundreds of wellness professionals to discuss this concept. He was lucky enough to be able to interview many of the speakers and change makers involved in the event. We are excited to share their wisdom with you.Welcome to a bonus SPECIAL EDITION of The Nature of Wellness Podcast. The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) Summit was held in San Diego, at the end of September. Professionals from all corners of the wellness industry, from around the world were in attendance. Mark provided a keynote session on “The Nature of Wellness” He was blown away by the response to the session, but also to our mission and this show. On this compilation episode, Mark sat down with multiple speakers, entertainers, and change-makers who made the WELCOA Summit successful. Join us as we speak with Human Resources Guru Julie Develin, Musicians Manas Itene and Mike Blankenship, Author and Summit MC Lucas Mack, Co-founders of Meet Your Magic Jana Wilder and Molly Strong, CEO and Speaker Andrew Sykes, Best-Selling Author and Speaker Dr. Daren Martin, and WELCOA CEO Ryan Picarella.The depth and breadth of these powerful conversations were truly inspiring. They all represented ways to “Elevate Change,” which was the theme of the WELCOA Summit.  We covered topics ranging from what it means to “be human,” managing traumatic situations, owning your “first and last name” identity, how music enhances spiritual wellbeing, discovering and embracing your personal magic, why a return to in-person gatherings (such as the summit) are desperately needed to combat loneliness and the future direction of health and wellness. Mark often gets asked, “Who motivates the motivator?” After listening, you will truly understand the answer to that question, and why each of these amazing humans made the event so special.  Please subscribe, rate, and leave a review anywhere you listen to this podcast. Stay tuned. Season Two is right around the corner...We appreciate you all. Be Well-NOW Links for Each Episode Guest: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-people-purpose-podcast/id1567454260https://www.manasitene.com https://www.mike-blankenship.com/musichttps://www.jabstepproductions.comhttps://www.yeahart.orghttps://www.lucasmack.comwww.meetyourmagic.comhttps://www.andrewsykes.comhttps://linktr.ee/darenmartinhttps://www.welcoa.org * The Nature of Wellness Podcast is produced by the remarkable Shawn Bell.** The NOW theme song was written, performed, produced, and graciously p