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NEW WEBINAR: The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

America Walks Monthly Webinar

DATE: Wednesday, July 22nd – 11am PST / 2pm EST
TITLE: The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7525207521722257423

In these stressful times, we are all looking for ways to help us stay healthy, active and connected as we manage the pandemic and the long-awaited call for racial justice transformations. Author Florence Williams will share with us her research on how nature can help heal us. In The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, Williams investigates the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain. She will present the newest research on the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and strengthen our relationships. Now more than ever, a walk in nature may be just what you need.

Join moderators from America Walks and OAK in a discussion with Florence Williams, as she presents the key findings from the book and spends time answering all of our questions. Two lucky winners will be sent copies of the book (in a random drawing of all attendees on the webinar).


You can access a live stream transcript of the webinar here.

Florence Williams is a journalist, author, and podcaster. Her most recent book, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, was an Audible bestseller and was named a top summer read by J.P  Morgan. She is a contributing editor at Outside Magazine and a freelance magazine writer. She is also the writer and host of two Gracie-Award-winning Audible Original series, Breasts Unbound and The Three-Day Effect.

A fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature and a visiting scholar at George Washington University, her work focuses on the environment, health and science. Florence was named “Author of the week” by The Week and The Wall Street Journal calls her writing “droll and crisp,” which makes her feel like a pastry. Florence serves on the board of two of her favorite non-profits, High Country News and the Ted Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism. She lives with her family in Washington, D.C.

Autumn Saxton-Ross, PhD, is a resident of the District of Columbia and is currently the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director and Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Lead for NatureBridge, a national residential environmental education non-profit, overseeing programs at Prince William Forest National Park in Virginia. She started her career as an elementary school Health and PE teacher in DCPS, and has since worked as the Program Director for Place-based Initiatives at the National Collaborative for Health Equity, encouraging the use of policy and environmental change as a solution to health inequities, the DC Department of Health, focusing on environmental and policy approaches to healthy eating and active living and in local parks and recreation departments promoting the natural connection between parks, recreation and health. With degrees in sociology, health education, and exercise science, her life’s work is improving the health of communities through engagement, activity, education, exposure and opportunity, truly believing that a healthy life is lived better outdoors.

About Kelli McIntyre

Kelli McIntyre (she/her) is the Communications Associate for America Walks. With a background in exercise and sport science and over 15 years of experience in health and wellness program design and management, Kelli’s passions lie in human rights, social justice, and livable community advocacy. Kelli is a 2016 Walking College graduate and for the past 5 years has worked to inspire joyful movement, grow support for livable communities, and advance health justice at Get Healthy Philly, the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. With a B.S. in Athletic Training from Boston University and an M.A. in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kelli is a lifelong learner and currently a 2020 candidate for MPH at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a member of the inaugural class of Bloomberg Fellows. Kelli is mom to an energetic teenager- Jack, a weekend warrior, a beginner yogi, an urban gardener, a loving basketball coach, a baby sister, neighborhood auntie, and an avid walker.