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Too much tech is harmful to our brain and heart health

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Identify and reduce screen-based risks 
with Mindful Tech™ & The Family Tech Plan

Do you enjoy the benefits of technology, but are concerned about: 

‣ Smartphone, social media, internet or screen addiction?

‣ Children and youth disconnected from others and nature? 

 

Our medical and technical experts offer evidence-based ways to:

‣ Clear tech clutter and streamline your use of devices and digital media to enjoy a healthier balance with tech at home and work

‣ Balance indoor screentime with outdoor greentime for less stress, better sleep, and a calm and focused mind

‣ Make best choices for a truly healthy home, and healthy aging in this digital age – from conception to college – and beyond

This book is for:

parents, grandparents and teachers

who give children the gift of a loving nature, and a love of the natural world. This has always been important. In this digital age, it’s vital. And this book is for you if you’re trying to get your inside kids unplugged and outdoors.

environmental educators

who want to know about the benefits of greentime from Indigenous wisdom-keepers and from leading naturalists Richard Louv, Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. David Suzuki and others.

youth

who encourage friends to get together – face-to-face, put down their phones, take a break from social media, get outside and truly connect. You’ll discover how digital devices and apps were designed to be addictive and can be a factor in depression – and what to do.

yoga and mindfulness practitioners

who may catch themselves wanting to check their phones and digital media. Hooked on too much tech?  
You can see how to use the mental stability developed with these practices, or learn them here from leading mindfulness teachers including Thich Nhat Hanh, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Joan Halifax.

And if you have these concerns:

Pre-natal care

You are a pregnant mum and want to use technology in the safest way possible to keep your baby from harm. You’ll find science-based recommendations from leading scientists and physicians.

Parenting in the digital age

You’ve heard that too much screentime can harm children but this may be the only way you can settle them. You’ll find practical ways to soothe without screens and enjoy more greentime and outdoor nature play – vital for their healthy development.

Our Family Tech Plan™ is for you.

Struggling with digital clutter and dependency

You may have picked up this book as you’re aware that you waste time on your phone, social media, online shopping. You’ll find key information from digital addiction and decluttering experts on how to break free and enjoy a healthy tech balance.

Smart tech, smart home safety

Maybe you manage your appointments, and monitor your fitness, fridge and security system on your mobile phone? It’s convenient. But is it wise? You’ll find the latest research and hear from technical experts on the risks of smart tech and how to have a truly healthy home.

Healthy aging in the digital age

You enjoy connecting with family and friends on your tablet but read that blue-lit electronic screens may be harmful. You’ll hear from physicians how vision, cardiac, cognitive and sleep problems can improve with less screentime and more greentime and about our safer tech solutions.

Our Mindful Tech Plan™ is for you.

How students can be tech savvy and healthy in this digital age

Our School Tech Plan™ is for you.

You know they need to be prepared for this tech-driven world but you are concerned that many students spend too much time sitting inside, in front of screens, and seem to be losing their ability to settle, process information, focus and stay on task.

 
You are also concerned about a lack of empathy, kindness and their ability to interact well with each other.

How do you set classroom and school tech policies.
You’re concerned about kids disconnected from the natural world – you know that unstructured nature play should be part of their daily lives.

 
However, not all parents or school administrators are always onboard. There may be polarization at your school between those with the view that the more tech the better, or those who feel that more nature time and safer tech is required.


Our technical experts, neuroscientists and physicians specializing in this emerging field will offer suggestions for schools in this digital age.

Too much time sitting in front of electronic screens?

This is an essential part of your workplace. How can you and your co-workers find a healthy balance and stay healthy and productive? Ergonomics and screentime guidelines can make a big difference.
 

Our Workplace Tech Plan™ is for you.

WiFi in cars, buses, trains and aircraft

Staying online when travelling is good to keep in touch with the office, pass the time and entertain the kids.

 

But did you know that WiFi can be a factor in vertigo, adverse cardiac effects and cognitive impairment? Never good in traffic, or at 36,000 ft.

Our Transportation Tech Plan™ is for you.
Three key Strategies to Transform your Tech Habits – Nature, Mindfulness and Kindness.
 

The foundation of our approach is using the powers of being close to nature, mindfulness practice and empathy. In those sections we feature many experts who offer us their wisdom and recommendations.

Richard Louv is a journalist and
author of Last Child in the Woods:
Saving Our Children from Nature
-
Deficit.

He has written for The New
York Times, The Washington Post,
the Times of London and Orion. In
2008 he was the recipient of the
national Audubon Medal.

Richard Louv writes: “In my great grandparents’ day, most people
spent the better part of their lives
outdoors. By necessity, they walked
to school or work, tended the fields
to grow, or fished a nearby lake.

 

“In the 1950s, when I was a child, I
was playing in the nearby woods
every chance I got. I fished, built
treehouses, and walked with my
dog, Banner, along every trail.
Those family outings meant a great
deal to me. I passed my love of the
natural world along to my two boys
when they were small. Things are
very different now. Our society has
largely come to regard nature as
separate from normal daily life. We
are seeing children with tunneled
senses and feelings of isolation.
While nature experience should not
be seen as a panacea, study after
 

study indicates time outdoors in anatural setting is not simply a niceto-have activity. It is a vital elementfor healthychildhooddevelopment.

 

”Louv’s Vitamin N: The EssentialGuide to a Nature-Rich Life offers 500 activities for children and adults, thought-provoking essays,informational websites and down to-earth advice.

 

In The Nature Principle:Reconnecting with Life in a VirtualAge Louv reminds us that we needto keep connected with each otherand the natural world.

 

His new book is Our Wild Calling:How Connecting with Animals CanTransform Our Lives – and SaveTheirs.

 

His site is: www.richardlouv.com

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn is Professor of Medicine
emeritus at UMass Medical School and author
of Wherever You Go There You Are and
Mindfulness For Beginners and many more
books.

 

He developed the ground-breaking
mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR)
program and has trained thousands of
facilitators around the world.

Dr. Kabat-Zinn writes: “We are
becoming more and more addicted
to all the ways we have to distract
ourselves through our devices and
our so-called ‘connectivity’– that
we lose sight of what is right in
front of us, the present moment.
Research is showing that we can
change our attitude in ways that
can make a difference in our health
and wellbeing, and possibly to our
longevity. Learning how we can
liberate ourselves from the
dominance and sometimes
tyranny of our craving mind, first
and foremost by paradoxically

cultivating intimacy with it. It is not
a luxury to actually cultivate
mindfulness. It’s becoming an
absolute necessity. Knowing what
you are doing while you are doing
it is the essence.”

 

With his wife Myla Kabat-Zinn, Dr.
Kabat-Zinn is co-author of
Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work
of Mindful Parenting
.


Visit: www.mindbodygreen.com.

 

In this online program Dr. Kabat-
Zinn sits down with Steve Stein to
discuss the ever-growing
importance of mindful living in
the technologically burdened
21st century.

 

The site is:
www.mindfulnesscds.com

Brian Goldman, MD, the author of
The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy Is
Essential in Everyday Life
, has worked as an
emergency room physician for many years.
There, he has seen first- hand the adverse
effects of stress and human suffering.

 

He hosts White Coat, Black Art on CBC Radio.

Dr. Goldman writes about travelling
the world to see what kindness
truly looks like and to investigate
the healing and transformative
benefits of empathy and
compassion.

 

He tells us that he
believed caring came naturally to
physicians, but questioned if that
can be sustained with heavy
workloads and excessive amounts
of unrelenting stress.


He begins his search within himself.
His inquiry takes him to:


‣ have an fMRI scan to measure
his own capacity for kindness


‣ a brain lab in Quebec City,
where he makes a startling
discovery


‣ a research lab in Osaka, Japan,
where he meets lifelike,
empathetic robots

‣ meet a nursing home therapist
in Pennsylvania working with
people suffering from dementia
And Dr. Goldman travels the globe
to learn the secrets of empathetic
people.


As we have discussed here, this
essential human quality is at risk in
our culture overly focused on
digital technology.

 

His site:
www.doctorbriangoldman.com

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