Best Selling Author Joins Next Medical Matters Weekly
Ashley Jowett
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Best Selling Author Joins Next Medical Matters Weekly

BENNINGTON, VT—April 13, 2022—Award-winning California-based journalist and author Richard Louv has spent his career exploring human relationships with nature and animals and how those relationships affect our health and wellbeing. At 12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, he joins Trey Dobson, MD, on Medical Matters Weekly.

The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can see Medical Matters Weekly on and The show is also available to view or download as a podcast on

Richard Louv is a journalist and author of ten books, including Our Wild Calling: How Connecting With Animals Can Transform Our Lives - And Save Theirs; Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder; The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age; and Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life. His books have been translated and published in 24 countries and helped launch an international movement to connect children, families, and communities to nature.

Louv’s writing appears in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and the Times of London. He appears frequently on national radio and television programs and speaks internationally, including at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and the first White House Summit on Environmental Education. He has won numerous awards, including the national Audubon Medal in 2008. Prior recipients include Rachel Carson, E.O. Wilson, and President Jimmy Carter. In addition, Louv is co-founder and chairman emeritus of the Children & Nature Network, an organization helping build the movement.

Medical Matters Weekly features the innovative personalities who drive positive change within health care and related professions. The show addresses all aspects of creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for all, including food and nutrition, housing, diversity and inclusion, groundbreaking medical care, exercise, mental health, the environment, research, and government. The show is broadcast on Facebook Live, YouTube, and all podcast platforms.

After the program, the video is available on area public access television stations CAT-TV (Comcast channel 1075) and GNAT-TV's (Comcast channel 1074), as well as on public access stations throughout the United States.
About SVHC:
Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent, health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, and the SVHC Foundation. SVMC includes 25 primary and specialty care practices.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care is among the most lauded small rural health systems in the nation. It is the recipient of the American Hospital Association’s 2020 Rural Hospital Leadership Award. In addition, SVMC ranked fourth nationwide for the value of care it provides by the Lown Institute Hospital Index in 2020 and is a five-time recipient of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence. It has also received the highest marks possible from the Leapfrog Group. The health system is fortunate to have the support of platinum-level corporate sponsor Mack, a leading supplier of contract manufacturing services and injection molded plastic parts based in Arlington, VT.

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center provides exceptional care without discriminating on the basis of an individual’s age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Language assistance services, free of charge, are available at 1-800-367-9559.

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