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Sports Can Improve Your Mental Health

You already know that sports are beneficial for your physical health. But there's more good news. Studies also show that participation in sports can positively affect your mental health. Dr. Terri talks to Christopher Harris, a licensed professional counselor, about how playing sports creates a foundation of wellness. Football helped him gain confidence and resilience through many life challenges. Today, he integrates professional counseling sessions with fitness and athletics as a means to produce healthy outcomes for youth and young adults in schools and residential treatment facilities.

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Chris_Harris_936505710.jpgChristopher Harris is a licensed professional and nationally certified counselor from the city of Detroit. He also has worked as a licensed clinician in residential treatment facilities working for youth in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. He also has worked for youth who are temporary wards of the court or permanent wards of the state. There was a time in Chris' life when depression and alcoholism had taken over his life. One of the things that helped bring him back was football. Now, he is passionate about integrating professional counseling with fitness and athletics as a means to produce healthy outcomes for youth. His sports-based therapy and wellness program is designed to give youth a foundation of mental health and wellness. His website is:


About Dr. Terri Orbuch:

Dr. Terri Orbuch (aka The Love Doctor®) is an internationally recognized relationship expert, author, speaker, professor at Oakland University, and research scientist at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. She is also the director of a landmark study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she has been following the same couples for almost 3 decades.

Dr. Orbuch is widely published in scientific journals and the author of “5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage From Good to Great” and “Finding Love Again: 6 Simple Steps to a New and Happy Relationship.” Her practical science-based advice has led to being featured in publications in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, USA Today, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, and TIME magazine, and appearances on The Today Show, MSNBC, The Katie Couric Show, ESPN, HuffPost Live, and CNN.

She writes articles at Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other national outlets; and her relationship segments are aired on Fox-2 Detroit Morning News. She just launched a new video online course called, “How to Find Love in 7 Days: The Science of Finding Love.” Learn more about her at: