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Healthy People/Healthy Places: Building the Link

Healthy People/Healthy Places: Building the Link

Gaylord Texan

Guest speaker Eduardo Sanchez, M.D. MPH FAAFP, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Medical Division, BlueCross BlueShield of Texas, at the podium. Michael Suk, M.D. J.D. MPH FACS, Chair, Physicians for Healthier Americans, and Nancy Herron, National Chair, Grassroots Leadership Team, Children & Nature Network, joined him in a panel discussion. Dr. Sanchez offered three reasons to use outdoor recreation as a health tool: it reduces medical costs, improves the workforce, and helps national security. “We need to institutionalize the concept of the great outdoors,” he said. Nancy Herron with the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) said the organization firmly believes the “connection to nature starts locally.” Its goal is to increase youth resilience, confidence and self-esteem through more time spent in nature.