Vitamin N | Ming Kuo | TEDxDirigo

Published on May 25, 2017

Dr. Ming Kuo’s extensive research scientifically proves what we intrinsically know to be true: That spending time in nature has profoundly positive and long-lasting effects on our psychological, physical, and social health.

Dr. Ming Kuo is an internationally recognized scientist who studies the impacts of urban environments on healthy human functioning. Notably, she has documented the impacts of “green spaces” on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. More recent work has examined the ties between greener schoolyards and academic achievement. Her work has linked healthy urban ecosystems to stronger, safer neighborhoods, lower crime, reduced ADHD symptoms, reduced aggression, and an array of other mental health indicators. Her work was the basis of a $10 million tree-planting initiative by the City of Chicago, a US Conference of Mayors resolution on urban forestry, and has shaped federal landscaping guidelines. Dr. Kuo has helped shape research agendas on the national level at the USDA, CDC, and NIH, as well as at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Of the 50 most cited articles on environment and behavior, Dr. Kuo is an author on five.

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