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Outdoor Health

Reference number
Coordinator DOTANK AB
Funding from Vinnova SEK 200 000
Project duration April 2017 - December 2017
Status Completed
Venture Social innovation - development and testing
Call Social innovation - phase 1

Purpose and goal

In Sweden there is a major problem with burnout, while research shows that movement and spending time outdoors have a very positive impact on stress. The Outdoor Health project has shown that using a business model based on the experience industry can create opportunities for people on sick leave to spend time in nature. The project has been appreciated by participants and by employers and resulted in a concept that is ready to spread.

Expected effects and result

The Outdoor Health Project has shown participants who are ill-fated due to burnout experience a positive effect of providing time outdoors by means of support in terms of structure, transport and management. Participants also find that through education and participation they have raised their eyes to spend time outdoors and believe that they will continue to do so even after the project. Employers find that Outdoor Health is a concept that can support return to work or prevent further sick leave. Simplicity and a concept that focuses on the healthy has been central

Planned approach and implementation

The project has been renovated according to plan with some minor deviations. Tests have, according to the participants´ wishes, been conducted for longer calendar times and shorter times per session. The project experienced a difficulty in combining the sale of the concept to employers while retrieving views from the same. During the project we have gained greater understanding that an important aspect is that we facilitated participation through, for example, transport and prepared shelter. Together, this has been central to a relaxed and meaningful partisipation.

The project description has been provided by the project members themselves and the text has not been looked at by our editors.

Last updated 8 January 2019

Reference number 2017-00993

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