The Missouri Department of Conservation announced the launch of its new podcast, “Nature Boost,” with a focus on the positive impact the outdoors has on everyone.

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 might ease stress levels, including increasing attention spans and creative problem-solving skills by as much as 50 percent.

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 might 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,” Pritchard said. “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 people access their podcasts with additional seasons currently in production.

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