liveWELL 2022 Spring newsletter

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Branch Out Pentacrest Museums with the

Enhance Your Well-Being in the UI Campus Wide Arboretum

HEALTH BENEFITS OF TIME IN NATURE

• Lower stress • Improved mood and attention • Increased happiness • Positive social interactions • Greater sense of meaning and purpose • Health improvements among those with chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension • Increased immunity

Where is your happy place? Did you know it could be in nature? Green spaces that are blooming with grass, trees, plants, and flowers can have a positive impact on mental and physical well-being. Humans have a special, interconnected relationship with trees specifically. These life-giving organisms support cultures, belief systems, and medicinal practices all around the world and even right here at home. As an accredited arboretum since 2021 and a designated Tree Campus Higher Education location, The University of Iowa displays an exceptional variety of trees and woody plant species including more than 8,000 trees representing 300+ species of historic and rare trees.

Learn more at facilities.uiowa.edu/ui-campus-arboretum

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