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Can knitting improve health? Craftsy hosts a webinar on crafting for wellness

Posted by Melissa Massello  March 5, 2014 01:43 PM

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Sure, crafting is fun, but can it be good for your health? Social network and online class service Craftsy is hosting a webinar this Monday on the benefits of crafting for wellness. Check out the panel of experts, and Craftsy's member survey results on the topic:

Crafting is certainly more than just a hobby for some people. We've seen crafting build a sense of community, and now research suggests that crafting activities like knitting, quilting, and painting can boost mental health and agility and slow the cognitive effects of aging.

Craftsy conducted a member survey earlier this year to explore the link between wellbeing and crafting, and the results are fascinating. 93% said that crafting helps them manage stress, and 87% think it helps ward off depression.


Infographic: Craftsy

The webinar's panel includes John Levisay, Co-founder and CEO of Craftsy; Dr. Victoria Schindler, professor of occupational therapy at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and co-author of “The Neurological Basis of Occupation”; and neuropsychologist and University of Denver professor Katie Levisay.

What do you think? Does crafting gives you health benefits?

Better Lives with Crafting happens Monday, March 10 at 1 p.m. ET.

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Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out More »
Tara Bellucci is a Boston-based writer that lives for fonts, food, and flea market finds. Whether decorating jars of her homemade jam for The Boston More »

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