Richard Louv talks about “nature deficit disorder”


Patients who can see outside from a hospital room often heal faster than those who can't, and even a little exposure to the natural world has been shown to decrease symptoms of ADD. If we all spent a little more time outside, what other benefits might we see? And, can you really credit those benefits solely to spending more time outside?

This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with author and journalist Richard Louv about what he calls “the nature principle.” Louv argues many of us are plagued by “nature-deficit disorder,” but says there are seven basic concepts that can help. We'll talk with Louv this hour about nature deficit disorder, why he says its so problematic and what we can do about it.

Louv is the author of several books including “The Nature Principle” and “Last Child in the Woods,” where he investigates the connections between children and the natural world. Louv is speaking at 7 p.m. in the Alice Campbell Alumni Center on Thursday, September 26th for “Take A Child Outside Week.” Find more information here.