History of the HOPE Lab
Prior to the development of the HOPE Lab, Drs. Rebecca Battista (Health & Exercise Science) and Joy James (Recreation Management & Physical Education) facilitated a research cluster that investigated the role of outdoor play on health, the environment, and human development. Seven faculty from across Appalachian State University participated in the project to identify and examine the classic texts related to the nature movement with a focus on outdoor play and health. The HOPE Lab was established to bring together researchers and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and fields to promote health through spending time in the outdoors engaged in physical activity, exercise, and play.
To develop a HOPE Student Champion program that promotes Health, Outdoor Play and Exercise at Appalachian State University.
To contribute to the public health, exercise science and leisure scholarly literature on the effectiveness of Outdoor Play Rx programs.
To seek out resources and funding for a regional Outdoor Play Rx research study.
To develop relationships with regional pediatricians, Parks & Recreation Departments and health insurance providers.