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Keeping minds and heart healthy

Posted at 7:45 PM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 19:48:10-04

LOXAHATCHEE GROVE, Fla. — Patrick McNamara is spending time with horses before heading into the office. He's not alone. A dozen leaders in Palm Beach County are at Covecot Farm in Loxahatchee Groves.
It's a time for them to step away from their busy and stressful lives for self-care, petting and talking to the horses.

"The studies have shown that most of us do not cope well with workplace stress. And that there are many different things that employers can do to improve the brain health of their employees," said Patrick.

Patrick is the President and CEO of the Palm Health Foundation. The organization is taking the lead in the effort, hoping business leaders will pass on to their employees what they have learned.

"If we are going to encourage more of a culture of health and more of a culture of brain health within the workplace, it starts from the top."

Sarah Palmer is the owner of Dovecot Farm. She says one of the goals is about learning to have compassion for others.

"Learning better relationship skills social skills, all of these components can be achieved by working with horses and by doing heart-based breathing techniques. By being in nature, we can find a sense of balance and we can reconnect with some of the important things in life."

The Palm Health Foundation has come up with a Train The Brain Wellness Kit to give everyone tips.

You can contact Dovecot Farm in Loxahatchee Groves at 713-969-8289.