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Ecosystem Management Technology program proudly presents the EcoHealth Conference: Healthy Planet, Healthy Minds



ecohealth-conferenceCity of Kawartha Lakes, ON (March 2, 2017) – Students in Fleming College’s Ecosystem Management Technology program are hosting the ninth annual EcoHealth conference with the theme of Healthy Planet, Healthy Minds at Frost Campus on Saturday, March 25.

The conference features keynote speaker, Mark Henick, mental health advocate and Program Manager for Mental Health Works, a social enterprise of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

The event intends to bring together community members, students and colleagues to explore our shared connection as human beings to the natural environment upon which we all depend, and, in particular, the restorative powers of nature to improve our mental health and well-being. The conference will share knowledge, research and ideas to enhance mental health and wellness in homes, schools and communities in Kawartha Lakes and beyond.

The workshop topics include Tree Surfing, Foods for Moods, Shinrin-yuko (forest bathing) and more.

The conference schedule is:

  • 9 a.m. – Registration opens
  • 10:30 a.m. – Environmentally themed workshops, campus tours, silent auction and exhibits
  • 5-6:15 p.m. – Dinner in Auk’s Lodge
  • 6:30 p.m. – Keynote speaker Mark Henick (view his 2013 TEDxToronto speech here ) and panel discussion in the Glenn Crombie Theatre
  • A reception and Earth Hour event will take place in Auk’s Lodge following the keynote speech and panel discussion

Panellists at the event will include Fleming College faculty and students, Indigenous community representatives, Canadian Mental Health Association representatives as well as Henick.

Registration fees for the conference start at $30 for the full day. To register and for more information visit: http://ecohealthconference.wixsite.com/ecohealthconference.

This is the ninth annual EcoHealth conference hosted by third-year Ecosystem Management students, and each year the conference features a different theme. The public, local residents, community groups, and businesses are essential to the success of these conferences and are invited to attend, participate and learn.

For more information about Fleming’s Ecosystem Management Technology program, visit: http://flemingcollege.ca/programs/ecosystem-management-technology.


About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 5,900 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 71,000 alumni.



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