Short-term joint staff training event “How to create social inclusion through outdoor activities”

The goal of this training is to ill discuss and work on the application of the Methodology of work required for different project phases.

The researchers will train young workers for future application of project methodology and will prepare them for active participation in all project activities, especially one when they should serve as educators of young people.

The training will take place in Larissa, Greece in the period between 12-14 October.


Hiking: An affordable and healthy outdoor activity

Many people took up hiking as a hobby in 2020. I was easy to do, affordable, and also quite healthy. As we have all come to realize during the pandemic, inactivity can and will lead to several health issues: some can include cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, heart disease, obesity, and even diabetes.

But, the good news is that physical activity coupled with nature is essential and also affordable. Evidence has shown time and time again, that physical activity improves your physical and mental health.

Our last article outlined the benefits of running. This time we are going to focus on a less intensive but equally effective activity – and that is hiking 🥾⛰️.

The hiking experience is unique. Not only does it oxygenate your heart, it helps keep your mind sharper and your body calmer.

Hiking in itself, is less stressful than maybe other forms of exercise and can be done by almost all people with various levels of physical activity.

Hiking can happen almost anywhere—from a city park or public garden to a mountain trail—and give you that dose of nature you need to stay happy. But hiking also requires something many other forms of exercise don’t: tracks and trails. People have to navigate in a world that’s not entirely expected. Hiking keeps your focus sharp and your brain active through out the whole experience.

These are all our reasons for trying out a hike. Can you think of any as well? Let us know in the comments!


The 5 Benefits of Running

Running is an activity which can be done by really anyone. You require no starting equipment, which means it is low cost. You can start with your favourite pair of sneakers too!

Studies have shown that running increases lifespan. A 2018 meta-analysis of research on this particular activityand longevity found that runners have about a 25 to 30 percent lower rate of all-cause mortality on follow-up than non runners. It concluded: “Any amount of running, even once a week, is better than no running.” 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

Although difficult to take up, it is one of the only activities that requires no equipment. You can decide to become a runner and go on your first run – today. It is an activity that will boost your heart rate. It will also challenge you further and further the more you do it.

Some Health benefits 💚 are that it helps to build strong bones, as it is a weight-bearing exercise. It will also strengthen muscles and it will improve cardiovascular fitness. Additionally, it will burn plenty of kilojoules and most definitely help maintain a healthy weight.

Although it is an activity that is difficult at the beginning, its health benefits are numerous are have been recorded for a while now. So, next time you #getOutdoors, give it a try! 🤩


The link between Nature and Mental Health

Nature and outdoor spaces are guaranteed to make your life better – not only physically but also mentally. Increasingly, we are starting to have important conversations about the connection between nature and mental health. Moreso as the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded onto the planet. 🦠

Experts have linked exposure to nature to a host of benefits. These include improved attention, lower stress, better mood, reduced risk of psychiatric disorders and even upticks in empathy and cooperation.

Scientists have focused most research so far on green spaces such as parks and forests. Researchers are now also beginning to study the benefits of blue spaces, places with river and ocean views.

“There is mounting evidence, from dozens and dozens of researchers, that nature has benefits for both physical and psychological human well­being,” says Lisa Nisbet, PhD, a psychologist at Trent University in Ontario, Canada, who studies connectedness to nature. “You can boost your mood just by walking in nature, even in urban nature.”

It was like a sucker punch to our daily routines. It forced human beings to isolate indoors which is showing to have a detrimental effect on mental health statistics. According to, 30% of the UK population has reported living with some kind of mental health issues. 🧑‍⚕️



Outdoor Activities and the Covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has restricted much of our access to some every-day activities such as going to the gym or doing group sports. But, that does not mean that we can not find alternatives and ways to stay healthy and get outside.

Depending on your local availability, you can engage in a number of different activities. Additionally, if you have access to lakes, national parks, hiking trails or winter wonderlands, your possibilities are much more wider.
Some of these activities include:

🚶 Walking

🏃‍♀️ Running and hiking

🚵‍♀️ Biking

🧗 Rock climbing

⛵ Kayaking, canoeing, diving, boating or sailing

⛷️ Skiing

🏂🏾 Snowboarding

🏋🏻 Outdoor Fitness classes

🧘🏿 Outdoor Yoga

Cold or warm – most of these activities, such as walking, can be done during any type of weather or season. You can also use a fitness app, writsband or smart watch t maximize your workout and track your steps while you’re walking. Integrated Health apps on most smartphones such as Samsung Health or Apple Health even provide walking challenges that you can do with friends. Also, you can enter global challenges and take your fitness and health into your own hands.

Numerous apps allow you to compete with other active people virtually, from walking to running challenges to virtual bike races. Most important of all, try to stay consistent with moving your body daily, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.