Outcomes, Inc.

We all know that volunteers are an essential part of the fabric of our communities, and that without them, many programs would have to shut their doors. But did you know that volunteering can also be good for your health?

 Studies have shown that volunteering can have a host of positive outcomes, including:

  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Reduced cholesterol levels
  • Stronger immune system
  • Lower mortality rates
  • Decreased insomnia
  • Increased energy
  • Less pain
  • Better weight control
  • Reduction in anxiety and depression
  • Improved functional ability and faster recovery from surgery
  • Improved cognition

 Volunteering reduces social isolation and increases confidence and self-worth. It keeps you moving and keeps your mind active, helping you to stay “younger” in body and spirit. In fact, people who volunteer at an earlier stage of life are less likely to suffer from ill health later in life.

 The minimum threshold for achieving benefits seems to be 100 hours per year (at least 2 hours per week). This may sound like a lot, but consider how much we participate in other activities in a week, like watching TV, walking the dog, or talking to friends and family. Can you spare a couple more hours to help to prevent future illness and disability or improve your current condition?

 If you answered yes, and are interested in exploring volunteer options with Outcomes, Inc., contact us by e-mail or call us at 505-243-2551. We’ll be more than happy to help you take this healthy step in your life!

 References

Corporation for National and Community Service, Office of Research and Policy Development. The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research, Washington, DC 2007.

 Johns Hopkins Medicine, Office of Communications and Public Affairs. Gaining Health While Giving Back to the Community. Press release, April 6, 2004.

 Swinson, Judy Looman. (2006). Focusing on the Health Benefits of Volunteering as a Recruitment Strategy. The International Journal of Volunteer Administration, 24(2), 25-30.

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