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NMC Occupational Therapy Students Help Students Tackle 'Nature Deficiency'

Published: Sept. 22, 2022

Occupational therapy students from Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) recently walked Plattsmouth Elementary School students through stations aimed at improving their connection with nature.

The goal was to "engage with nature, improve student confidence and comfort in nature, and increase mindfulness and physical activity through connection with nature," said Hannah Wieger, the academic fieldwork coordinator for NMC.

This program doesn't just teach kids about ways to interact with nature; it helps the college students prepare for their future roles, too.

"It kind of gives you that insight on things that aren't working, but that you can adapt and change to make them work for certain kids and certain students," said Andrea Zyla, an occupational therapy student at NMC.

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