G.O.A.L Get out and Learn....The Health Effects of getting outdoors...

Exposure to the natural environment can have a positive effect on human health.

  • Exposure and access to green spaces can also have a wide range of social, economic, environmental and health benefits

  • Urban green spaces are major contributors to the quality of the environment and human health and well-being in inner city and suburban areas.

  • Outdoor recreation provides an opportunity to increase quality of life and heighten social interaction.

  • Physical activity in the natural environment not only aids an increased life-span, greater well-being, fewer symptoms of depression, lower rates of smoking and substance misuse but also an increased ability to function better at work and home.

  • Health Walk and Green Gym participants cited they stated being 'in the countryside' and 'contact with nature' as key motivating factors to be active.