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Article: Impact of outdoor nature-related activities on gut microbiota, fecal serotonin, and perceived stress in preschool children: the Play&Grow randomized controlled trial

TitleImpact of outdoor nature-related activities on gut microbiota, fecal serotonin, and perceived stress in preschool children: the Play&Grow randomized controlled trial
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Issue Date2020
PublisherNature Research: Fully open access journals. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.nature.com/srep/index.html
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Scientific Reports, 2020, v. 10 n. 1, p. article no. 21993 How to Cite?
AbstractDue to rapid urbanization, children today have fewer opportunities to interact with nature and this may result in a greater risk for developing stress and depression. Outdoor nature-related activities can enhance general well-being. However, the underlying mechanisms are not fully delineated. Here we recruited 54 preschool children to participate in a 10-week structured nature-related “Play&Grow” program. Following the intervention, children were assessed for connectedness to nature and perceived stress levels using validated questionnaires. Moreover, fecal serotonin level and gut microbiota profiles were measured by ELISA and 16S rDNA amplicon sequencing, respectively. Children were significantly more connected to nature after the intervention. Their gut microbiota altered, especially by modulating the abundance of Roseburia and the fecal-serotonin level. Moreover, we also observed a reduction in the overall perceived stress, particularly in the frequency of anger among these children. This study is the first to demonstrate the impact of nature-related activities on gut microbiota, fecal serotonin and psychosocial behaviour of preschool children. However, further mechanistic studies are needed to confirm the functional role of gut microbiota in the association between connectedness to nature and improved psychosocial behavior.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/301124
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2020 Impact Factor: 4.379
2020 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.240
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dc.contributor.authorSobko, T-
dc.contributor.authorLIANG, S-
dc.contributor.authorCheng, WHG-
dc.contributor.authorTun, HM-
dc.date.accessioned2021-07-27T08:06:27Z-
dc.date.available2021-07-27T08:06:27Z-
dc.date.issued2020-
dc.identifier.citationScientific Reports, 2020, v. 10 n. 1, p. article no. 21993-
dc.identifier.issn2045-2322-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/301124-
dc.description.abstractDue to rapid urbanization, children today have fewer opportunities to interact with nature and this may result in a greater risk for developing stress and depression. Outdoor nature-related activities can enhance general well-being. However, the underlying mechanisms are not fully delineated. Here we recruited 54 preschool children to participate in a 10-week structured nature-related “Play&Grow” program. Following the intervention, children were assessed for connectedness to nature and perceived stress levels using validated questionnaires. Moreover, fecal serotonin level and gut microbiota profiles were measured by ELISA and 16S rDNA amplicon sequencing, respectively. Children were significantly more connected to nature after the intervention. Their gut microbiota altered, especially by modulating the abundance of Roseburia and the fecal-serotonin level. Moreover, we also observed a reduction in the overall perceived stress, particularly in the frequency of anger among these children. This study is the first to demonstrate the impact of nature-related activities on gut microbiota, fecal serotonin and psychosocial behaviour of preschool children. However, further mechanistic studies are needed to confirm the functional role of gut microbiota in the association between connectedness to nature and improved psychosocial behavior.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherNature Research: Fully open access journals. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.nature.com/srep/index.html-
dc.relation.ispartofScientific Reports-
dc.rightsScientific Reports. Copyright © Nature Research: Fully open access journals.-
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.-
dc.titleImpact of outdoor nature-related activities on gut microbiota, fecal serotonin, and perceived stress in preschool children: the Play&Grow randomized controlled trial-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailSobko, T: tsobko@HKUCC-COM.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailTun, HM: heinmtun@hku.hk-
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dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.1038/s41598-020-78642-2-
dc.identifier.pmid33319792-
dc.identifier.pmcidPMC7738543-
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dc.identifier.hkuros323454-
dc.identifier.volume10-
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.identifier.spagearticle no. 21993-
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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