KMHC’s Dr. Venske was interviewed for a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article about the benefits of the 30×30 Nature Challenge. Click here to read the article
Click here to learn more about the U.S. Green Building Council’s 30×30 Nature Challenge.
May 2015 KMHC e-newsletter (written in April 2015)
Even though it’s blustery outside as I write this, spring is here and it’s time to get outside! Many of you have had the extreme pleasure of filling out one of our countless forms we call the MSQ. On the back page there is a question asking the patient to circle the areas of their life they would like to improve. One of the areas is “time spent in nature.” I am continually amazed at how many people circle this option. Most people intuitively know that being in the presence of nature makes us feel better, but scientifically speaking, it is proven that the body functions much better in a myriad of ways. What does being in nature mean? I don’t have a specific definition, but like the judge ruling in the Supreme Court obscenity case of 1964, “I know it when I see it.” I don’t think it includes scurrying down the sidewalk, donut in one hand, smart phone in the other, stressing about the meeting you’re late for. On the other hand, it doesn’t mean you have to camp in the Rocky Mountains for that to qualify either.
I know personally that the trail we had behind our apartment in Davenport got used almost daily to help me keep my head on straight while grinding away through chiropractic school. I had to give myself permission to forget about studying and just let the beautiful surroundings take over. I would always come back refreshed, relaxed, and ready to get back to work. So whether it’s sitting outside on your deck, digging in the garden, or going fishing, remember to make the time!
Here’s a link to sign up and learn more about a fun way to make sure you remember to get out and enjoy. It’s called the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance’s 30×30 Nature Challenge.
Yours in good health,
Dr. Venske & Staff