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#1. Forest bathing: a narrative review of the effects on health for outdoor and environmental education use in Canada
Sandrine Mathias, Patrick Daigle, Kelsey Needham Dancause, Tegwen Gadais
Background: Education and health professionals from a range of disciplines seek alternatives to promote well-being through nature. Shinrin Yoku, originating from Japan, means “forest baths” or “taking in the forest atmosphere” and provides the opportunity to reconnect with nature and its benefits, with great potential in Canada. This brief review aims to highlight the potential for the use of Shinrin Yoku in the Canadian context of education and healthcare. Methods: We conducted a narrative literature review including a search of four French and English databases (Google Scholar, Pubmed, Scopus, Cairn) from 1985 to 2017. Then, we classified 26 articles according to three main categories that emerged from the first reading of the abstracts. Results: Benefits of Shinrin Yoku have been classified into physiological, psychological, and environmental categories. We synthesize key benefits of Shinrin Yoku and highlight opportunities to use this alternative intervention by educators and health professionals in Canada. Conclusion: A...
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#2. The role of the teacher in the implementation of a School-based intervention on the physical activity practice of children
Tegwen Gadais, Theo Caron, Marie Belle Ayoub, Antony Karelis, Luc Nadeau
INTRODUCTION: Medium or long term intervention strategies on physical activity practice (PAP) need to be more effective in their implementation by practitioners. The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of a teacher to implement the Team Pentathlon (TP) in order to improve the PAP in children. METHODS: 203 children (age: 10-13years), grades 5 and 6 (intervention group [IG] N = 104, control group [CG] N = 99) were guided to increase their PAP during an 8-week period by 5 elementary school teachers (physical education or classroom) who received 4 training sessions. Levels of PAP (self-reported) were compared between groups (IG/CG), sex, socioeconomic status of the schools and between teachers: baseline and during TP. RESULTS: Several teachers noted significant increases in PAP in the IG for both boys and girls (p<.05 or p<.01), whereas others found only small improvements in PAP. One teacher even observed higher PAP in the CG. Training session records revealed that the teacher himself, how the TP is implemented, and...
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