Walking Green: Developing an evidence-base for Nature Prescriptions

Project: Research project

Description

We hypothesize that walking on a Forest Preserve trail, as compared to a suburban sidewalk, leads to greater reductions in stress and greater improvements in the capacity to direct attention. We will test this hypothesis using a longitudinal study. Subjects will take three 50 minute walks per week for two weeks. The first week individuals will be randomly assigned to walk on either a Forest Preserve trail or a suburban sidewalk. The next week they will walk in the other location. To ensure the study is statistically robust and the results are applicable to men and women, we will recruit 20 men and 20 women between the ages of 18 and 35, all of whom will be in good health. Measurements will be made three days before the first walk (baseline), before and after walks on selected days, and three days after the final walk. These data will allow us to compare the acute effects of walks (i.e. before and after a single walk) and to evaluate the longer term effects of multiple walks.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date5/1/1612/31/17

Funding

  • Forest Preserve District of Cook County (Req#99083)

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Walking
Prescriptions
Longitudinal Studies
Health
Forests