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    Improving Senior Health Through Zoo Visits

    Wroclaw-based researchers are delving into the effects of zoo visits on the health and quality of life of senior citizens. The project aims to develop an educational and health-focused pathway for the zoo.

    Led by scientists from the Department of Public Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Wroclaw Medical University, over 250 seniors aged 60 and above are participating in the study.

    Participants will visit the Wroclaw Zoo once every quarter from October 2023 to June 2024. Each visit is structured to ensure participants achieve the recommended WHO daily step count of 6,000 to 8,000 steps for seniors.

    Dr. Dagmara Gaweł-Dąbrowska, project coordinator, highlights the importance of physical activity during these visits. The structured walks contribute to improved health outcomes, as observed in initial health assessments.

    Recruitment involved collaboration with local senior universities, senior homes, and social media platforms. Every senior participant received an annual zoo pass.

    Participant Barbara Kretschmer notes the positive impact of the program on health indicators like blood pressure and heart rate after engaging in brisk walks.

    Dr. Tomasz Zatoński, Pro-Rector for Community Engagement at Wroclaw Medical University, emphasizes the project’s alignment with the institution’s social responsibility. The study is part of a broader strategy promoting ecological aspects of life, including the interaction with nature and animals among seniors.

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