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Relationships between nature and our health

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Our relationship with nature has evolved over time, to say the least. Many of us buy our food from a grocery store, instead of working the land. We spent hours of our day inside, in office buildings void of natural light. And many of us are far from rising with the sun. But what does this change mean for our health? How does nature impact our physical and mental health? We ask those questions and more this week on "Take Care."

First, how to improve health with nature. Richard Louv is known for introducing us to the concept of nature-deficit disorder in his book "Last Child in the Woods." His newest work, "Our Wild Calling: How connecting with animals can transform our lives -- and save theirs," takes it a step further.

When was the last time you had dirt under your nails? Nationally recognized lecturer, garden historian, ethnobotanist and writer John Forti joins us to share some ways we can cultivate edible landscapes -- spaces that are good for us and good for the planet.

There's a natural healing environment for injured service members and their families at Naval Support Activity Bethesda -- home of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. We're joined by The Green Road Project's project administrator, Dr. Fred Foote, to talk about the positive impact nature can have on recovery and healing.

Join us for "Take Care," a conversation on health and wellness produced by WRVO Public Media, Sunday, December 15 at 7 p.m. and Friday, December 20 at 1 p.m.