The 2018 SHIFT Festival, which will take place October 16-18, 2018 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, will focus on the health benefits of time outside.
Entitled “Public Lands, Public Health,” the event will explore how natural allies in outdoor recreation, conservation, land management and health care can work together to advance and promote the benefits of time outside on our public lands.
Supporting the program will be some of the nation’s top experts on the correlation between health and outdoor recreation.
Michael Suk, MD, JD, MPH, was chosen in 2003 as a White House Fellow with the U.S. Department of the Interior. As Special Advisor to Gale Norton, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Dr. Suk co-wrote a law review piece with Secretary Norton that investigated the relationship between a healthy lifestyle and participating in outdoor activities such as bicycling, hiking, and camping. In 2011, Dr. Suk’s activism in this matter contributed to the National Park Service’s adoption of a number of key values in its Centennial “Call to Action: Preparing for a Second Century of Stewardship and Engagement.”
On Tuesday, October 16, Dr. Suk will open the 2018 SHIFT Festival with a keynote that presents the current research to help contextualize the proceedings that follow and catalyze the national challenge in a call to action for the health benefits of time outside.
Dr. Robert Zarr is a board-certified pediatrician at Unity Health Care, located in Washington, DC, where he cares for low-income and immigrant populations. He is Founder and Medical Director of Park Rx America, a community health initiative to prescribe nature to patients and families to prevent and treat chronic disease and promote wellness. He previously served as the Park Rx Advisor to the National Park Service in his national advocacy to connect people to parks.
Dr. Zarr will represent Park Rx America, a 2018 SHIFT Award Official Selection.
Nooshin Razani, MD, MPH is a pediatrician and was trained as a Nature Champion by the National Environmental Education Fund and Bureau of Fish and Wildlife in 2010. Since then, she has worked to forge relationships between parks, health, and communities for the purpose of improving mental and physical health. At UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Hospital she is part of the FIND Nature! team. In partnership with the East Bay Regional Park District, the FIND Nature! team has started a park prescription and nature shuttle program at the UCSF-CHO Primary Care Clinic.
Dr. Razani also serves as the lead medical consultant to the Institute at the Golden Gate, a think tank for the National Parks, as their Senior Fellow. Dr. Razani other responsibilities include working as principal investigator for a community-based park and health initiative in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood, involvement on the leadership committee for Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Bay Area, and participation in the National Park Prescriptions Initiative. Currently, Dr. Razani sees patients at the Silva Pediatric Clinic and at the UCSF-CHO’s Primary Care Clinic.
Dr. Razani will give the breakfast keynote on Thursday, October 16.
Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio, started Walk with a Doc in 2005. Frustrated with his inability to affect behavior change in the clinical setting, Dr. Sabgir invited his patients to go for a walk with him in a local park on a spring Saturday morning. To his surprise, more than 100 people showed up.
Since that first event in 2005, Walk with a Doc has grown as a grassroots effort, with a model based on sustainability and simplicity. Walking has been recognized by the Surgeon General of the United States of America as one of the single most important things we can do for our health. In a special session of Walk with a Doc, SHIFT participants will join Dr. Sabgir in walks along Jackson Hole’s blue-ribbon trails.
Shinrin-yoku is It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Researchers have established a robust body of scientific literature on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest. The idea is simple: if a person simply visits a natural area and walks in a relaxed way, there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved.
Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, MD, FACOG, ABoIM, is Iowa’s first fellowship-trained and board certified medical doctor in integrative medicine. She became board certified by the American Board of Integrative Medicine in 2015, and has been board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2002. In 2017 she completed a 500 hour course to become certified in herbal medicine with Dr. Tieraona Low Dog. She is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide and is the medical director of the international Association of Nature and Forest Therapy.
Dr. Hackenmiller will present a hands-on exploration of the benefits of shinrin-yoku, which means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest therapy,” during a special lunchtime presentation. Shinrin-yoku was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Researchers have established a robust body of scientific literature on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest. The idea is simple: if a person simply visits a natural area and walks in a relaxed way, there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved.
Change makers from the health care community will be joined by innovators and early adopters from the outdoor recreation, conservation and land management communities. Featured presenters will be posted as details are confirmed.