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Our Right to Nature

August 29, 2019

by Sergio Avila, Sierra Club Outdoor Activities

I grew up playing and exploring in the desert, among mesquite trees, Nopales (prickly pear cactus), and fresnos (ash trees); hunting lizards, looking at birds, always wondering where mountain lions lived. Both my parents had full time careers, so my brother and I spent our free time unsupervised, encouraged to go out there, to the… Read more »

Children in charter schools shouldn’t go hungry

May 21, 2019

by Eve Rifkin

A heartbreaking story of the seven-year-old girl in Texas has gone viral. During a class exercise in which she and her classmates were told to write a letter to Santa, Crystal Pacheco listed two wants: food and a ball; and one need: a blanket. When asked by her teacher why she said she “wanted” rather than “needed”… Read more »

Being Healthy is more than Diet and Exercise

May 8, 2019

by Catherine Serra

Experts say we need to eat right and exercise to be healthy. I believe that is only part of the equation. The presence of health encompasses a balanced mind, body and spirit, hence well-being. We all want to be loved and accepted for our authentic selves, have a peace of mind, move about in our… Read more »

Movement is Medicine, Music is Love, Dance is Freedom

July 31, 2018

by Uzo Nwankpa

  Mind, Body and Spirit Harmony The mind, body and spirit make up one entity- Life. In my experience as a registered nurse working in the field of community and public haealth, I have noticed the danger in treating each entity as separate categories rather than whole. It is like a puzzle. When all three… Read more »

We Need To Get Serious About Community Connection

December 17, 2016

by Jeannette Mare

We need it, a lot of it, and in our hyper-busy, overly tech-connected lives, we’re not getting enough. By becoming intentional about kindness, we can build and nurture the connections that help to create a healthy community. On the surface, kindness may seem like a “soft” issue, but evidence is overwhelming that learning kindness skills… Read more »

Why Is Healthy Nutrition One Of BEYOND’s Four Pillars?

December 15, 2016

by Ross Zimmerman

Why is healthy nutrition one of the four pillars of BEYOND’s work?  That’s the area of biggest need relative promotion of good science and rational analysis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tracks mortality.  In 2016, over 2.6 million people died in the U.S.  A huge proportion of those deaths were due to… Read more »

How Nature Can Make You Happier and Healthier

by Diana Rhoades

Last January, after participating in BEYOND Tucson’s 6th annual celebration of life and the outdoors, I picked up a copy of National Geographic’s The Power of Parks: a yearlong exploration of the National Parks. The title was “This is your Brain on Nature.” The article is comprehensive in describing scientific research establishing the benefits of… Read more »

Why I Run

December 13, 2016

by Randy Acetta

I started running in high school and found out I was good at it.  A young kid at a new high school, I found pleasure and companionship playing many different sports but by my senior year I grew exclusively focused on cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track and so that was pretty much the… Read more »

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