missing news coverage re art appreciation research

Seattle has 3 major news stations. If we include q13 the fox affiliate, there are 4 major news stations and each of these “stations” has a website and each of these places cover stories of different types, at times including health news. Of course, a news station might choose to not cover health news or to cover it very little. If we included kvi of conservative talk, there would be 5 local news stations.

King5 in years past certainly was the one station that covered at times the questions of vitamin D levels in Seattle residents, either with some new research or old research or the comments of a local doctor or group about vitamin D levels of people in the Northwest.

I will use king5 as an example for discussion because, at least on the topic of vitamin D, king5 had in years past covered this topic most thoroughly by comparison with all local news stations.

If we go to king5 and search on the topic of health, some of the newer research or new stories on health include “walking for good heart health” and the benefits of small amounts of weight loss. They had a story about anxiety and the election, because apparently some people got more anxious because of the election.

King5 has a story on the personal health records of orcas and another story on incontinence via stress.

The story on walking for health includes the story of a guy who lost 90 pounds by walking and then what developped from that. It appears to have been written by a person from the American heart association or by a health practitioner and not by a news reporter of the station.

The walk for health story was around the time of a heart and stroke walk at the Seattle Center.

Back in 2014 I learned that king5 had regularly contributed to the public awareness on the topic of vitamin D, but that other news stations seemed to me to have had little or no coverage on that topic.

I walk at Greenlake and I have a blog on walking and another blog on art appreciation/creation and so at times I cover these topics in lots of ways.

One, if and when you cover walking for health, you folks should consider including research on the topic of walking outdoors v walking indoors. Those who walk outdoors in nature or parks or park-like settings are found to be more motivated to walk and to experience various calming and psychological benefits. A walk in the park has effects comparable to Ritalin in those afflicted with certain mental afflictions and hiking increases creativity.

One result of walks in nature is that they often create “soft fascination,” which may be a part of the allegedly good psychological benefits of walking or hiking.

Two, when we search king5 on the topic of health, there seem to be no stories on the topics of art appreciation or music appreciation as they relate to depression and personal psychology. At the least, there seem to be no recent stories at king5 on that topic. However, “depression” (whatever it is) is reported to afflict many Americans and art appreciation, art creation and music appreciation and music creation are found statistically and in the studies to have a substantial ameliorative effect on depression and to produce other healthful effects. (Of course, other than taking anti-depressants, regular exercise seems to have the greatest curative effect, statistically speaking. I am not suggesting that any one item is a cure-all on that complex topic.)

If we go to king5.com and search for art appreciation, there is one story up on art therapy helping people with dementia.

Actually, the entry that appears at the top of the page is entitled, the art of canning, which when I saw it, I thought to be the art of caning . . .

which I suspect to be a more interesting topic.


About two years ago you folks had the story in the news about mount si high school shutting down the off campus hot-or-not contest. Whether we think of that contest as good or harmful, it was in fact a spontaneous expression of art creation and art appreciation, albeit at times vulgar. Whether it is the kids in schools or adults who think about things, one thing some people miss when thinking about personal psychology is the role of art appreciation, if any.

On the topic of art appreciation, one funny thing is that there was sold this year a day-by-day calendar of bird photos. A significant number of the birds are colorful and a significant number of these birds have the same or similar colors as would be used in the following items: national flags, fun costumes and outfits as found at yandy.com or similar websites, cheerleader costumes.

Nature has given birds color combinations which presumably brought pleasure or some other benefit to their fellow birds . . . If interesting colors on the birds is good for them, then, the use of color and interesting outfits might be psychologically good for humans, also. No?

At least, we could make that guess.

Here is my collection of blog posts on art appreciation research . . .

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