Outdoor Outings Benefit Veterans
Enjoying the great outdoors may improve the lives of veterans with health problems, according to a study sponsored by the Sierra Club. The organization offers multi-day outdoor recreation experiences—which include backpacking, canoeing, whitewater rafting, and fly-fishing—to military families and veterans. Participants completed a survey prior to their outdoor program that asked about their stress levels, feelings of loneliness, and engagement with a variety of activities. After a wilderness excursion, they took the survey again and reported a more positive outlook. Veterans who struggled with health issues, such as diabetes, appeared to get the biggest benefit from the Sierra Club's program.
Source: "Exploring the Benefits of Outdoor Experiences on Veterans," Sierra Club, June 2013