Health for Life – how well managed green space can improve mental health and well-being
PHE ePoster Library. Carter A. 09/12/19; 274345; 152
Alan Carter
Alan Carter
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Abstract The Land Trust's innovative Health for Life project, involving TCV's Green Gym, was run at Countess of Chester Country Park for two years. It provided clear evidence of the positive impact that tailored use of place, in this instance an open green space, had on improved social connectedness, improved health and well-being and simultaneously a greater understanding of the natural environment.The aim of the project was to encourage increased group based physical activity outdoors, with a focus on self-directed choice and learning about the natural environment. We sought to empower people to support each other, using the inherent connection with green space, and ultimately themselves towards better mental and physical well-being.The results of the project were independently evaluated by the Natural Health Service Centre of Excellence. Participants (n272) reporting spending more time being active, and consequently feeling healthier and happier. Both moderate level physical activity and walking increased over the course of the programme; the biggest increase was in vigorous activity with the average engagement rising from 1.3 days to 1.9 days a week.The Warwick Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS) was used to monitor changes in mental well-being. The activities at Countess of Chester delivered an improvement of 4.7 points from week one (48.9) to the final week (53.6) of their involvement (between three and eight points is considered meaningful).The £70,000 programme was funded by the Cheshire Wirral Partnership NHS Trust, The Big Lottery, The Mersey Forest and Cheshire West and Chester council. External funding details
Abstract The Land Trust's innovative Health for Life project, involving TCV's Green Gym, was run at Countess of Chester Country Park for two years. It provided clear evidence of the positive impact that tailored use of place, in this instance an open green space, had on improved social connectedness, improved health and well-being and simultaneously a greater understanding of the natural environment.The aim of the project was to encourage increased group based physical activity outdoors, with a focus on self-directed choice and learning about the natural environment. We sought to empower people to support each other, using the inherent connection with green space, and ultimately themselves towards better mental and physical well-being.The results of the project were independently evaluated by the Natural Health Service Centre of Excellence. Participants (n272) reporting spending more time being active, and consequently feeling healthier and happier. Both moderate level physical activity and walking increased over the course of the programme; the biggest increase was in vigorous activity with the average engagement rising from 1.3 days to 1.9 days a week.The Warwick Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS) was used to monitor changes in mental well-being. The activities at Countess of Chester delivered an improvement of 4.7 points from week one (48.9) to the final week (53.6) of their involvement (between three and eight points is considered meaningful).The £70,000 programme was funded by the Cheshire Wirral Partnership NHS Trust, The Big Lottery, The Mersey Forest and Cheshire West and Chester council. External funding details
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