PRESS RELEASE: Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is excited to announce the launch of its new podcast, Nature Boostwith a focus on the positive impact the outdoors has on each of us.

Research has shown that spending time outdoors is linked to an increase in overall physical health. Being outside has also proven to help decrease stress and anxiety, and help lower depression. For example, spending time in nature, conservation areas, backyards, and urban parks may ease stress levels, including increasing attention spans and creative problem-solving skills by as much as 50 percent.

“We’re very excited to share this Nature Boost experience with both our seasoned outdoor enthusiasts and those brand new to discovering nature,” said MDC Director Sara Parker Pauley. “It’s a chance to learn about the incredible natural resources we have right here in Missouri, including how those nature experiences are changing lives every day.”

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MDC’s new podcast Nature Boost is now available for download. The podcast explores how nature impacts us every day and features interviews from MDC experts and partners.

The podcast explores topics such as nature and health, outdoor recreation, and native Missouri wildlife. Each episode features an MDC expert or partner, and highlights ways that everyone can benefit from nature – whether they’re a seasoned outdoorsperson or someone who may be unfamiliar with nature. MDC staffer Jill Pritchard serves as the podcast host and brings an entertaining and engaging approach to sharing these conservation stories.

“What I love most about Nature Boost is that we’re going on this adventure together,” said Pritchard. “I’m learning right there along with listeners and I’m so looking forward to seeing what else we discover together!”

The first episode of Nature Boost is available for download now on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts with additional seasons currently in production.

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