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Improving Health and Wellness by Getting Outside

April 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT


About This Webinar

Biophilia is a hypothesis that humans have an innate desire and need to connect with nature. Decades of research confirm that people experience myriad health and wellness benefits when they spend time interacting with nature—from increased physical activity to improved emotional wellbeing. But the amount of time we Americans spend outside has been declining over the years. Join this webinar where we highlight some of the latest health and nature research and make the case for why we need to get back into the great outdoors regularly. We will wrap up by describing some practical programs and initiatives that help connect individuals, children, and communities to nature.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify health and wellness benefits to spending time in nature.
  • Discuss enablers and barriers to regularly connecting with nature.
  • Explore programs that help individuals, families, and communities to get outside.


Debra Kellstedt, DrPH

Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist
Family & Community Health
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Dr. Debra Kellstedt, DrPH, is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in the AgriLife Extension Family & Community Health Unit as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Texas A&M School of Public Health and a Faculty Fellow at the Texas A&M Center for Health & Nature. With her training and experience grounded in public health, Dr. Kellstedt’s research has focused on evaluating multilevel community-based approaches aimed at improving health behaviors in a variety of settings and among different populations. Dr. Kellstedt’s current interests include exploring how community system social structure impacts population health specific to chronic disease prevention outcomes. Her programming focuses on environmental approaches to promote physical activity and initiatives to connect communities to nature.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

Continuing Education
  • Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences (CFCS): This webinar is awaiting approval for 1.0 CE credit from the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) for CFCS.
  • Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE): This program has been submitted for 1.0 contact hour for CFLEs by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).
  • Social Work, LPC, LMFT: Awaiting program approval for 1.0 CE credit for Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists from the University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Check with your state licensing agency for reciprocity and/or credit approval if licensed for other professions or in one of the following states: CO, FL, HI, IA, KS, KY, NY, ND, OH, OK
  • Case Manager: This program has been submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to provide board certified case managers with 1.0 clock hour.
  • Board Certified Patient Advocates: This program is awaiting pre-approved by the Patient Advocate Certification Board for a total of 1.0 CE contact hours, of which 0.0 are in the area of Ethics for BCPA.
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) and Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (NDTRs): This program has been approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) for 1.0 CEs for RD/RDNs and NDTRs through April 17, 2027.
  • Certificates of Attendance are available for providers interested in documenting their professional development activities.

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April 17
11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
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