Both the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University , as part of our Natural Health Service Centre of Excellence, are studying Nature4Health to see how it impacts on people’s health. We are committed to delivering high quality and meaningful evaluation reports to the Big Lottery, participants and public health professionals, as well as peer-reviewed academic research.
By the end of the three project in July 2018 children and adults will have increased self-esteem and confidence; will be more active and have developed better coping strategies showing an increased resilience reducing the need for medical intervention.
So far we’ve evaluated the first year of Nature4Health and found it to have been a resounding success for helping our participants to feel better in both their mental and physical health. 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%.
View an online copy of the report here.