Presentation Title

The Effects of Physical Activity and Social Interaction on Mental Wellbeing: A Reflection of Service Learning

Format of Presentation

Poster to be presented the Friday of the conference

Abstract

This service learning experience with RunClub involves exploring the effects of physical activity and social interaction on mental well-being. The goal is to show that physical activity, social interaction, and familial support increases one’s perceptions of wellbeing and the likelihood of continuing with physical activity. This has been done by examining research articles, coaching “learn to run” groups, and organizing a five-kilometer trail run, “Brennan’s Ugly Sweater Run.” After examining these articles and experiences, it becomes clear that physical activity and a sense of community and support are associated with a greater quality of life, as well as decreases in symptoms of depression and anxiety. By showing the positive benefits of social support and community involvement, this research and reflection of experiences highlights the importance of physical activity and mental health on individuals beginning or continuing recreational activities for the purpose of increasing mental well-being.

Department

English and Modern Languages

Service Learning

Faculty Advisor

Ginny Ratsoy

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The Effects of Physical Activity and Social Interaction on Mental Wellbeing: A Reflection of Service Learning

This service learning experience with RunClub involves exploring the effects of physical activity and social interaction on mental well-being. The goal is to show that physical activity, social interaction, and familial support increases one’s perceptions of wellbeing and the likelihood of continuing with physical activity. This has been done by examining research articles, coaching “learn to run” groups, and organizing a five-kilometer trail run, “Brennan’s Ugly Sweater Run.” After examining these articles and experiences, it becomes clear that physical activity and a sense of community and support are associated with a greater quality of life, as well as decreases in symptoms of depression and anxiety. By showing the positive benefits of social support and community involvement, this research and reflection of experiences highlights the importance of physical activity and mental health on individuals beginning or continuing recreational activities for the purpose of increasing mental well-being.