TORONTO - In May, more than 10,000 Canadians and over 250 workplaces participated in the David Suzuki Foundation's 30×30 Nature Challenge. The national program challenged participants to commit to getting out into nature for 30 minutes a day for 30 consecutive days.
Today, the Foundation released results from research into the impact the challenge had on participants' health and well-being and connection to nature, conducted by Trent University Researcher Dr. Elizabeth Nisbet.
"We found that participants in the 30×30 Nature Challenge almost doubled their time spent outside during the month and reduced their screen time by about 4.5 hours per week," said Dr Nisbet. "They reported significant increases in their sense of well-being, feeling more vitality and energy, while feelings of stress, negativity, and sleep disturbances were all reduced."
The research found that in addition to increased time spent outdoors and a positive overall experience, participants also reported a slightly stronger sense of identification with the natural world and desire to spend time in nature. Workplace participants also reported an added benefit of feeling more productive on the job. And although participants varied in terms of how much they were able to spend time in nature, it was clear that the more nature contact people had, the more they reported being happier and connected with nature.
"We were ecstatic that thousands of Canadians joined us in getting out for their daily dose of nature," said spokesperson Aryne Sheppard of the David Suzuki Foundation. "And it is…
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