The town that’s found a potent cure for illness – community

By George Monbiot in The Guardian Wed 21 Feb 2018  Frome in Somerset has seen a dramatic fall in emergency hospital admissions since it began a collective project to combat isolation. There are lessons for the rest of the country  ‘Frome has a buzz of sociability, a sense of common purpose and a creative, exciting atmosphere that make it feel quite different from …

Sat 27 Jan 2018 The Guardian   London’s cycle superhighway squeezes cars on Victoria Embankment. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian Imagine a healthy future. That we need to change radically was shown by a mass study of the health of 300,000 people that was at once entirely shocking and wholly predictable. Newcastle University found obesity and the lack of exercise (the two go …

Look at me: why attention-seeking is the defining need of our times

The urge to belong is universal. So would a better understanding of it help tackle loneliness – and explain why stalkers, spree killers and jihadists turn their pain on others? Leo Benedictus in The Guardian Mon 5 Feb 2018 Mental health.  Illustrations by Nishant Choksi   There is a famous Jewish mother joke. You’ve heard it before. Question: How many Jewish mothers does it …

When It Comes to Your Health, Your Local Economy Matters. Quality of housing and employment also influence wellness.

In Yes! Magazine, Jan 30, 2018 by Jessica Young Research shows community traits such as quality of housing and employment also influence wellness. Public health experts often talk about the “ social determinants of health”: community traits such as housing quality, access to nutritious and fresh food, water and air quality, education quality and employment opportunities. These factors are thought to be among …

Exercise Alters Our Microbiome. Is That One Reason It’s So Good for Us?

By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS JAN. 3, 2018 Exercise may change the composition and activity of the trillions of microbes in our guts in ways that could improve our health and metabolisms over time, a new study finds. The results provide novel insights into how exercise can affect even those portions of our bodies that seem uninvolved in workouts, perhaps providing another nudge to …

How the Wonder of Nature Can Inspire Social Justice Activism

The complex systems of the natural world can open our eyes to a new way of being. Adrienne Maree Brown posted Feb 01, 2018 in Yes! Magazine “If we are in rhythm with nature, we are in rhythm with ourselves.” —Micah Hobbes Frazier If we pay close attention, we can experience the wonder that emerges from the beauty, magic, miracles and …

“All of us have to learn how to invent our lives, make them up, imagine them. We need to be taught these skills; we need guides to show us how. If we don’t, our lives get made up for us by other people.” —Ursula K. Le Guin, The Wave in the Mind, 2004. “If you can see a thing whole,” he …

Why medical centers are ‘prescribing’ bike share for mental health, and bike share is being combined with digital skill-building

By Stefani Cox on BetterBikeShare.com Image courtesy of Gretchen Snethen. It’s no secret that access to bike share can help improve physical health and mobility options, but now it is also being used as a component of mental health care. Take for example the story of Scott Walters, who lives in Minneapolis with a psychiatric disability. Walters, whose name has been changed …