Preliminary findings of the service learning project of integrating the green space concepts in school health engagement.

Sau Ting Cynthia Wu, Yim Wah Mak, Pui Ying Alice Chiu, Yan Kit Chong, Ying Tung Chan

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Abundant literature showed that exposure to nature, or green space, can have beneficial effects on mental health. Studies of the impact of green space program in mental health among Chinese adolescents are very limited. This service project aims to study the impact of a pilot program on green exposure, green activity, green satisfaction, stress and happiness among adolescents in secondary schools. The quasi-experimental design with control group was adopted. The intervention program focused on the hydroponic planting; group practice in the hydroponic planting at school, green eating, green tasting and relaxation exercise. The control group consisted of the usual stress management program of learning stress coping, sharing leisure activities and relaxation exercise in classes. Three secondary schools were recruited. Each school involved two classes in grade 7 and 8. Females displayed significantly higher overall green exposure level than males. The green space program introduced impacts on the levels of exposure, activity, satisfaction, stress and happiness in green participation one month after the program. The long term effect of integrating the Hydroponic planting techniques in promoting green space and mental health among Hong Kong Chinese adolescents worth further investigation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2019
EventThe 3rd International Conference on Service-Learning - The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
Duration: 10 Jan 201912 Jan 2019


ConferenceThe 3rd International Conference on Service-Learning
Abbreviated titleICSL
CityHong Kong
Internet address


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