First year of results demonstrate Nature4Health boosts health and wellbeing

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The results are in, and we’ve found that the first year of our Nature4Health project has been a resounding success.

Results from the first year of the programme show that participants have seen a marked improvement in both their mental wellbeing and their daily levels of physical activity. On average, participants saw an 8 point increase on the widely-recognised ‘WEMWBS*’ mental wellbeing scale – that’s a significant positive change. Levels of moderate physical activity – for example washing windows, or bicycling/swimming at a regular pace – increased by a whopping 164%, with walking up 48% and vigorous activity up 8%.

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We’ve worked with 13 local partners across six local authorities to support 286 participants in year one of Nature4Health.

Paul Nolan, Director, The Mersey Forest, said:

“The first year results from Nature4Health are fantastic and underline the huge role that activities in green spaces can play in boosting health and wellbeing. Behind these results are some inspirational stories of how people’s lives have changed for the better. We’re aiming to work with the health sector to ensure more people can get access to this kind of natural health service in the future.”

To read the report online, click  here, or contact clare.olver@merseyforest.org.uk

 

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Partner Celebration

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Thanks to everyone who came along to our Year 1 partner celebration event here at Risley Moss. It was wonderful to listen to hear how lives have been changed through Nature4Health funding from the Big Lottery, and how so many of the projects have been able to continue and grow as a result. We were delighted to be able to share with you the findings from the evaluation and monitoring programme, and discuss how we best engage with all our participants. A huge thanks to everyone who presented on the day and for your support and enthusiasm.

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Croxteth Walking Group

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We all want to know “what happened next”, and this is a really great story….

The twelve weeks of Health Walks that Cass Foundation have been running in Croxteth Park have come to the end of their Nature4Health funding, but rather than just stop, the group has decided to carry on, completely off their own bat. They don’t have a formal leader but are still meeting every Sunday. Now that’s what we call a happy ending!

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