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What We Find Interesting

Eric Shannon Response

I have always enjoyed outdoor sports and activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, and running. I  am interested in discovering whether outdoor adventure can effectively improve people's mental health.

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Background Information

Outdoor recreation refers to activities that involve physical effort that take place outdoors during an individual's leisure time. Usually these activities take place in nature rather than outdoors in an urban environment. Some examples of these activities include hiking, canoeing, fishing, hunting, scuba diving and surfing. Early civilizations in Greece, Rome, and India have been identified for creating parks in order to enable people to enjoy playing games outdoors and enjoying the natural environment. Participation in outdoor recreation has been shown to provide people with educational, emotional, cultural as well as physical and mental benefits. 

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What We Learned

Eric Shannon Response:

I discovered that there is in fact hard scientific evidence in support of the idea that spending time in nature is an effective treatment for those suffering from depression and anxiety. Although the idea that immersive outdoor experiences and educational programs help build inner strength and social skills is not entirely new, we are now beginning to discover the scientific basis for nature’s beneficial impact on emotional health.

 

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