2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

Research on Impact of Outdoor Activity on Mental Wellness in Truman Students


Bene J. Clear
Dr. Jennifer R. Hurst, Faculty Mentor

Outdoor public lands have tremendous potential to impact public health. Specifically, time spent in a natural setting has been related to lower stress and improved mood (Pasanen, T. P., Tyrväinen, L., & Korpela, K. M., 2014). The purpose of this study was to assess the attitudes, behaviors, and barriers of a sample of college-aged students related to physical activity within outdoor and natural areas. Surveys were distributed to a convenience sample of Truman State University students, exploring how often students utilize local, state, and national parks as well as their interest in spending time in these areas. Correlations between self-reported measures of psychological wellbeing and time spent outside were also assessed. Results will be discussed in relation to possible areas of growth for outdoor programming on the campus and community level.

Keywords: Outdoor Activity, Mental Wellness, College Students, Public Health, Nature, Parks

Topic(s):Health Science
Exercise Science
Environmental Studies

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 6-2
Location: GEO - SUB
Time: 3:30

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