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Re: “How Nature Heals: Why East Bay Doctors Are Prescribing The Outdoors To People Of Color

Potent article! As a member of a Northern California Nonprofit, I get to see first-hand how kids with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) benefit from summer camp. Many of them have never been camping. The majority of them are Oakland residents. But most of them live in the concrete jungle and rarely get that feel of the outdoors. Gratefully, many of them are veterans now.

Secondly, I continue to work with an organization that was created to educate and encourage children of color to learn about the critical relationship between insects and human beings and about ecosystems and diversity of landscapes usually in parks. Sadly, the vast majority of the beneficiaries are not children of color because many of them have limited access for the reasons you mentioned.

Lastly, I send a monthly Wellness Flyer to churches on health matters that disproportionately affect the African-American community. In it, I usually find opportunities to mention sunshine, mountains, vista points... Yet I ask the question, when did so many African-Americans become Vitamin D deficient? BCHO

Posted by Julie Dunbar on 05/24/2017 at 11:48 AM

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