The Current

The Current for Sept. 6, 2021

Today on The Current: Experts answer your questions and concerns about the return to school; Back to the Land looks at how a prescription for nature could make us healthier; and a look at the unique challenges of this Paralympics
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

It's the start of a new school year, the third disrupted by the pandemic. What are the risks related to the delta variant, and what needs to be done to keep kids and educators healthy? Matt Galloway puts listener questions to Edmonton pediatrician Dr. Tehseen Ladha, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Alberta; and Dr. Lisa Barrett, a clinician scientist and infectious diseases expert at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Plus, Jon Cadang has struggled with his mental health since childhood, but he says spending time in nature proved to be a powerful treatment against his depression. He's not alone, says Vancouver-based physician Dr. Melissa Lem, the director of PaRx, an evidence-based nature prescription program. She says there's a body of research that indicates spending time in the natural world can benefit our mental and physical well-being. They talk to Back to the Land host Duncan McCue about getting outside, and why it's so good for us. Back to the Land is a four-part series about people who are (re)connecting with nature and the outdoors.

And Team Canada won 21 medals at the Paralympic Games, after the pandemic made it a Games like no other. We hear about the experience with Tristen Chernove, a four-time medallist in paracycling who won silver in Tokyo; and first-time Paralympian Sarah Mickey, who finished 6th in the discus.