Power of Play Press Release
National Institute of Play Founder Stuart Brown, MD presents The Power of Play, a compelling explanation of our innate need to play
and the public health consequences of "Play Deficit"
Tuesday, May 17, 7 p.m.
Minnetonka, MN Medical doctor, psychiatrist, researcher, author and National Institute for Play founder Stuart Brown will share compelling stories of animal and human behavior which illustrate our innate need to play, as well as practical information on incorporating play into our personal, academic and work lives when he presents The Power of Play at The Marsh, A Center for Balance and Fitness in Minnetonka, on Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. His presentation is followed by a Q&A Session, Book Signing and Reception. Register in advance at TheMarsh.com or by calling 952-935-2202. Cost is $10 per person. Copies of his book, Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination and Invigorates the Soul, are available in the Shop at The Marsh.
Brown will also be the guest speaker for the 20th Annual Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecture at the University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality & Healing on Monday, May 16. The lecture, The Neuroscience of Play, begins at Noon and is followed by a book signing. Cost is $15 ($10 for students). Register online at www.tickets.umn.edu Get more information at csh.umn.edu or 612-624-9459.
According to Brown, play is anything but trivial; it is a basic biological drive as integral to our health as sleep or nutrition. It affects everything from our personal wellness and social relationships to creativity and productivity. Whether it's through physical activity, social interaction, competition, adventure, or art, our need to play is hardwired into our brains. When we suppress it, at any stage of human development, there are consequences. "I see it as a public health issue," he says.
Often identified as the foremost "expert on play behavior", Brown regularly presents keynotes and play workshops and is a frequent consultant to Fortune 500 companies. His work is based on more than 6,000 "play histories" of humans from all walks of life - from serial murderers to Nobel Prize winners. We are meant to play throughout our life.
Stuart Brown, MD is trained in general and internal medicine, psychiatry and clinical research. He first recognized the importance of play by discovering its absence in the life and stories of murderers and felony drunken drivers. His years of clinical practice affirmed the importance and need for healthy play throughout the human life cycle. His independent scholarship and exploration of the evolution of human and animal play have led to the establishment of the National Institute for Play (NIFP), which brings the unrealized knowledge, practices and benefits of play into public life. Dr. Brown was the instigator and executive producer of the three-part PBS series, The Promise of Play.
The Marsh, A Center for Balance and Fitness, founded in 1985 by Ruth Stricker, a leader in the health and fitness industry and a pioneer in the mind/body connection, is based on the philosophy that real fitness involves the mental, spiritual and emotional, as well as the physical aspects of an individual's life. Its comprehensive offerings include a fitness center, pools, full-service spa, conference center, shop, guest rooms and award-winning restaurants.
The Marsh is open to the general public; membership opportunities are available. For more information, call 952-935-2202 or visit www.themarsh.com.
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