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Exercise-, nature- and socially interactive-based initiatives improve mood and self-esteem in the clinical population.
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PMID:  22616429     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
AIMS: This study evaluated two existing group-based health promotion initiatives (a social club and a swimming group) and compared these to a new green exercise programme (weekly countryside and urban park walks).
METHODS: Participants represented a clinical population (N = 53) and were all experiencing a range of mental health problems. They only attended one of the three programmes and sessions were held once a week for six weeks in all initiatives. Composite questionnaires incorporating two standardized measures to analyse changes in self-esteem and mood were completed before and after all sessions.
RESULTS: A significant main effect for self-esteem and mood pre and post activity (p < 0.001) was reported after participating in a single session. The change in self-esteem was significantly greater in the green exercise group compared with the social activities club (p < 0.001). Dose responses showed that both self-esteem and mood levels improved over the six-week period and improvements were related to attendance in the green exercise group.
CONCLUSIONS: Green exercise as a health-promoting initiative for people experiencing mental ill health is equally as effective as existing programmes. Combining exercise, nature and social components in future initiatives may play a key role in managing and supporting recovery from mental ill health, suggesting a potential 'green' approach to mental healthcare and promotion.
Jo Barton; Murray Griffin; Jules Pretty
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Perspectives in public health     Volume:  132     ISSN:  1757-9139     ISO Abbreviation:  Perspect Public Health     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-05-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101499631     Medline TA:  Perspect Public Health     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  89-96     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex CO4 3SQ, UK.
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