Military Readiness

Protecting our country requires the optimal performance of active-duty service members. This workshop examines the therapeutic effects of nature on our wounded and non-wounded active duty service members, their families and their caregivers; the ways nature contact can help reduce levels of stress, depression, and burnout; and how nature contact can support Total Force Fitness, thereby reducing the economic costs to the military healthcare system.

Moderator: William Marchand, MD, Associate Chief of Mental Health and Chief of Psychiatry, George E. Whalen Veterans Affairs Medical Center


  • Donald Shell, MD, MA, Director, Disease Prevention, Disease Management and Population Health Policy & Oversight, OASD(HA) Health Services Policy and Oversight, Defense Health Headquarters
  • Keith Tidball, PhD, Cornell University (2019 SHIFT Awards Official Selection)
  • Frederick Foote, MD, Project Administrator, The Green Road (2019 SHIFT Awards Official Selection)  
  • Nick Otis, Research Associate, Naval Health Research Center (2018 SHIFT Award Official Selection)

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