Health & Science

Laura Bush Visits Houston For Opening Of Center That Will Research Health And Nature

It is a partnership between Houston Methodist Hospital, Texas A&M University System and Texan by Nature, an organization the former First Lady founded in 2011

Former First Lady Laura Bush (first from the left) speaks during an event held in Houston on May 2, 2018, to launch the Center for Health and Nature.

Former First Lady Laura Bush was in Houston Wednesday to attend the opening of the Center for Health and Nature, which aims to promote and develop research focused on the symbiotic relationship between medicine, health and nature.

Bush attended the event as founder of Texan by Nature, an organization she started in 2011 to unite business and conservation leaders who believe that the prosperity of Texas depends on the conservation of its natural resources.

Houston Methodist Hospital and Texas A&M University System are partnering with Texan by Nature in the Center for Health and Nature, which will be housed at the hospital's Center for Outcomes Research.

One of the center's goals will be creating a research fund, according to a news release from APC Collective, a public relations firm that organized the event for the opening ceremony.

The center will also launch a program that will explore the effects of nature on cardiovascular wellness and healing. Future research will also cover topics such as the immune system and neuro-degeneration.

Additionally, the center will organize an annual symposium that will bring together national and international experts on how nature impacts health and healing processes.

Howard Frumkin, professor at the University of Washington's School of Public Health and member of the advisory committee for the Wellcome Trust's ‘Our Planet, Our Health' program, noted that contact with nature “brings many health benefits, from better birth outcomes to less depression to longer life expectancy” and added that the research the Center for Health and Nature will produce “can guide practical public health strategies for years to come.”

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