The impact of John Muir Award experiences on the health-related behaviours, attitudes and aspirations of participants

Mitchell, R. and Bushby, R. (2011) The impact of John Muir Award experiences on the health-related behaviours, attitudes and aspirations of participants. In: Marrs, S.J., Foster, S., Hendrie, C., Mackey, E.C. and Thompson, D.B.A. (eds.) The Changing Nature of Scotland. TSO Scotland, pp. 133-138.

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Abstract

The John Muir Award encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with, enjoy, and care for the planet’s wild places. This involves meeting four challenges: discovering a wild place; actively exploring it; doing something to conserve it; and sharing these experiences.

There are positive impacts arising from involvement, not least high levels of enjoyment and direct engagement with groups ordinarily less likely to undertake outdoor experiences.

Once introduced to natural environments, there is a heightened aspiration by participants to revisit them; however, evidence of longer term behaviour change was not identified in follow-up surveys.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mitchell, Professor Richard
Authors: Mitchell, R., and Bushby, R.
Subjects:R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Public Health
Publisher:TSO Scotland
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