The platform project, Play&Grow, recently funded by some major Government grants has a balanced combination of preliminary work and new approaches to test. Connectedness to nature(CN) is a novel and under-investigated concept, the study of which may help to inform future health promotion/disease prevention Interventions. The PI and the team have done some ground work are committed to the field early childhood development and health related outcomes.
The aim of this exploratory Pilot study is to test the effect of the exposure of 2 to 4-year-old children to nature on changes in their gut microbiota.
We hypothesize that the outdoor nature-related activities not only may bring about related positive changes in preschool children (increased levels of physical activity, CN, but also will increase the diversity of the gut microbiota of children.