The WI Green Building Alliance is challenging people across Wisconsin to spend 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days. Unplug from your cell phone, tablet, e-readers and all electronic devices and connect with the natural world around you for 30 minutes a day.
A group of business and community leaders came together in Oconomowoc and decided to participate in the 30x30 Nature Challenge. The Oconomowoc area challenge is being sponsored by: Annie Haas Communications Consulting, City of Oconomowoc, Compass Point Consulting, Evolution Marketing, First Bank Financial Centre, Greener Oconomowoc, Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce and Waukesha County Parks. The purpose of this blog is to share our experiences being in nature.
http://wgba.shuttlepod.org/challenge - click here to sign up
By Lisa Geason-Bauer, Evolution Marketing:
Above: From the Evolution Marketing garden - tomatoes, Brussels sprouts and mint growing.
The next time you find yourself “angry and upset,” and about to say something you may regret…. take an “outdoor timeout.” Stop what you are doing and go outside! That’s right…find a little piece of green space (could be your yard, a trail, park, basically anywhere outside where there is green space).
During your “outdoor timeout,” look around and focus on the different types of plants, trees and shrubs that are surrounding you. The color green is calming and research has shown that humans are able to reduce stress by simply viewing an attractive landscape.
-Reduction in stress
-Ability to quickly release aggression
-Improve muscle tone & coordination
-Exercise aerobically while pursuing constructive outcomes (i.e. pulling weeds, planting flowers etc..)
Th 30x30 Nature Challenge is about connecting with nature, can you use “outdoor timeouts” as part of your challenge?
Above: Evolution Marketing raised bed garden, showcasing companion planting techniques.
FUN FACT – Horticultural Therapy
In 1971, Kansas State University became the first university in the United States to establish an undergraduate degree program in horticultural therapy and today remains as an academic leader in the discipline.
*Horticultural therapy is the use of plants and plant related activities to improve the social, educational, psychological and physical adjustment of a individual, thus improving mind, body and spirit.
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