A new Center for Health & Nature to be housed at Houston Methodist Hospital will be anchored by the belief that nature is essential to healing and well-being.
“There’s a gap in research regarding what nature factors lead to increased health, what exposure to nature means and how much exposure is needed,” said former first lady Laura Bush on Wednesday, during a celebration to launch the project at Methodist’s new Walter Tower. “So I’m thrilled to be here today to announce the Center for Health & Nature, which will help fill these research gaps by partnering with one of the best academic institutions and one of the best health care institutions in our great state.”
-Creating a Health & Nature Healing Garden at Houston Methodist to give patients and caregivers access to nature within their health care environment.
-Convening an annual Health & Nature Symposium that gathers national and international research experts to explore the effects of nature on human health and healing.
-Launching a pilot research program that will explore the health effects of nature on cardiovascular wellness and healing. The first research project will study the effect of the exposure to nature on women 65 and older with certain types of heart failure.
-Creating the Center for Health & Nature Collaborative Research Fund to bolster health and nature research projects that advance the center’s mission.
Texas A&M landscape architecture students competed to design the Health & Nature Healing Garden. The top three designs were displayed at the Wednesday celebration and a winner was announced. Phillip Hammond won the contest with his “Glory Gardens” design, inspired, in part, by his own relationship with nature.
“I grew up in Austin, Texas, and I really just liked going on UT campus when I was in middle school,” Hammond said. “I would study out there and my favorite thing was the Texas mountain laurels. When you spend enough time around these flowers that are constantly blooming in the spring, it kind of makes you really close to nature, even though you’re in the heart of the city. So I wanted to carry that over into my design with bringing in pollinators and natural wildlife even though we’re in the heart of Houston.”
The garden will be part of phase II of the building expansion of Walter Tower, Methodist’s new 22-story patient tower, said Marc Boom, M.D., president and CEO of Methodist Hospital. That expansion, he added, “we expect and hope to begin in the very near future.”
John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, said “the garden will serve as a lab for our research on burnout rates and stress, and it will be a place for patients, families and health care workers to relax and recharge.”
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Elvis Arthur Mason. Arthur served from 1942 to 1946 and 1950 to 1952. Elvis was born in October 1921 in Elberfeld, Indiana. He moved to Oakland City, Indiana and was drafted into the Army at the age of 20. Elvis completed basic training at Camp Swift, Texas and was assigned to an infantry regiment. He also completed swamp training, desert training and mountain training in Louisiana, California and West Virginia, respectively. Elvis’s unit was deployed to Europe and landed in England shortly after D-Day. Elvis traveled to France and volunteered to drive gasoline to other allied camps. His unit engaged in combat for 100 consecutive days and moved through France, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium and Holland to push the German army back. Elvis took over as platoon leader during this campaign and credited the platoon’s camaraderie for helping the soldiers get through the difficult time. Elvis briefly remained in Europe after Germany surrendered and participated in the liberation of a poorly maintained camp of German citizens. He then returned to the United States and was preparing to travel to Japan when the Japanese surrendered in 1945. Elvis continued to serve at Camp Shelby, Mississippi and Camp Butler, North Carolina before he was honorably discharged in December, 1945. He joined the Army reserves and was called to join the Korean War in 1950. He reported to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri in October and served in Japan and Korea, where he helped to build roads and airstrips for artillery planes. Elvis was awarded the Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. He passed away on July 14, 2012 at the age of 90. We honor his service.
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