Former first lady Laura Bush honored the memory of her in-laws—President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, who both died in 2018—and love of nature this month during Houston Methodist Hospital’s inaugural Center for Health and Nature Symposium.
In May, Houston Methodist, Texas A&M University and Texan by Nature announced the center’s opening with the mission to enhance health and healing through nature.
“When I was here last year for the launch of the Center for Health and Nature, my father-in-law, President George H.W. Bush, was a patient here at Houston Methodist,” Mrs. Bush remarked at the symposium. “Houston Methodist provided exceptional care for both my mother-in-law and father-in-law and, for that, I am sincerely grateful. As everyone knows, we lost them both last year. We celebrated their beautiful lives with services in Washington, D.C., and here in Houston and College Station.”
The symposium welcomed wildlife experts, doctors and researchers to discuss how nature can be implemented in a hospital setting as well as the possibilities of virtual reality bringing nature indoors to enhance the patient experience.
“You are the essential group—the leaders in your communities—who want to prove that the connection between health and nature truly makes people happier, healthier and more prosperous,” she told the audience.
She also discussed her personal connection to nature.
“Like many of you, I was inspired by the conservationists and naturalists in my life including my mother-in-law, who was proud of her cottage garden in Kennebunkport, Maine,” Bush said. “In Midland, I learned to enjoy the outdoors from my mother who, if she was not reading, could be found outside. My mother was a knowledgeable, self-taught naturalist who remembered the name of every wildflower and was passionate about birds.”
To push their work further and provide funding for research, the Center for Health and Nature invited experts to submit proposals to promote nature and healing in their respective hospitals and fields.
Chanam Lee, Ph.D. a landscape architecture and urban planning professor in Texas A&M’s Center for Health Systems and Design, presented Urban Green (Infra)structure for Pedestrian Health—an initiative to promote walking.
Renee Stubbins, Ph.D., senior research oncology dietitian at Houston Methodist Hospital, and Xiaohui Xu, Ph.D., department head and associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the Texas A&M School of Public Health, presented Virtual Reality Gardening and Stress Prevention for Oncology Patients:Bring Nature Indoors.
Galen Newman, Ph.D., an associate professor of landscape architecture and urban planning at Texas A&M, presented Developing a Tool for Measuring Landscape Performance on Public Health, and Zhipeng Lu, Ph.D., a senior lecturer and associate director of the Texas A&M department of architecture and Center for Health Systems and Design, presented the Influences of Virtual Window on Hospital Patients’ and Caregivers’ Health and Well-being.
“The relationship between health and nature is strong and the Center for Health and Nature has the potential to discover life-changing and lifesaving information. Much of the data you heard today will advance the research on health and nature significantly,” Bush said. “As President Bush and Barbara Bush have taught us, all we know we have is now. The choices we make now will shape the world for the next generation and that is why I thank each one of you for joining us today for our annual Center for Health and Nature Symposium. Your participation ensures that our children and grandchildren will experience the joys and benefits of being in natures so they can live happy, healthy and active lives.”
Get smart with Project Heart, a fun, heart healthy resource for K-6 teachers and students that includes elementary lesson plans, teacher worksheets and educational games. https://t.co/t1nosOoERw
RT @UHoustonLib: Go, 'Stros! #TakeItBackFrom the archives: this commemorative certificate was given out at the Astros vs. Yankees exhibi…
Rollin' into #CougarREDFriday with my red shirt and @astros hat like...#TakeItBack https://t.co/c0xtjyNg0w
It was a small step for man, but today was a giant leap for womankind as @NASA held its first all-female spacewalk this morning. Last March, we asked Dorit Donoviel what this mission means for women astronauts. https://t.co/1C2727lFBN #space #spacehealth @BCMSpaceHealth
MD Anderson Cancer Center@MDAndersonNews
@nowell_erica Sending good vibes your way, Erica.
VA Office of Rural Health expands research efforts https://t.co/Halm4BugRr via #VAntagePoint
RT @DankProto: I've learned no matter what situation whether good or bad Go Coogs is always an appropriate response Right @UHouston? Also G…
Harris Health System@harrishealth
RT @DrStephenPont: What to do after the plenary? Healthy #FoodIsMedicine but can your patients access it? Come learn how novel solutions so…
.@vaportland researchers are using Million Veteran Program data to build a new #breastcancer screening strategy, using genetic and clinical markers to predict risk and develop more personalized screening strategies. More on #VAMVP here https://t.co/pqtwOcdUdQ
MD Anderson Cancer Center@MDAndersonNews
Getting ready for a #mammogram? Here’s what to expect. #NationalMammographyDay #endcancer https://t.co/kZDmEov9zV
@lancemblack @Allotrope_Med Thanks for sharing!
RT @RiceSoccer: ⚽️ 𝐌𝐀𝐓𝐂𝐇 𝐃𝐀𝐘 ⚽️🆚 » @HerdWSoccer 📍 » Holloway Field ⏰ » 7:00PM CT 📱 » https://t.co/kuQwwCdVjh 🖥 » https://t.co/9WgEhnIaBU…
@JacobsConnects @ENRnews Thanks for the shout out!
@gaines1904 @UHC For the latest information regarding United Healthcare, please visit: https://t.co/opL6JtIPIT
RT @HHSGov: Fall into good habits this autumn! Follow these tips to help you and your family stay safe and healthy. https://t.co/a0MvyMYcgg…