Outdoor Mindset is a nonprofit organization that enhances quality of life for people affected by medical challenges by uniting and empowering our members through a common passion for the outdoors. Our focus on relationships and the outdoors encourages people to change their perceptions of diagnosis from limitation to opportunity. If you have been affected by a medical challenge & have a passion for the outdoors; join Outdoor Mindset now at www.outdoormindset.org/sign-up.
In 2009, thirteen individuals came together inspired by a mutual friend’s determination to make something good come from a recent diagnosis of a brain tumor. Everyone shared a link to a medical challenge (brain tumors,
aneurysms, epilepsy, etc.). Their experiences ranged from personal diagnosis to supporting diagnosed family members and friends. The group also shared a passion for the outdoors, along with an unyielding enthusiasm for life. These commonalities inspired the idea of Outdoor Mindset. Now, the connections we make between others broaden the story.
The OM Community is available for anyone that shares our passion for the outdoors and has been affected by a medical challenge (including diagnosed individuals and their supporters). Joining Outdoor Mindset allows people to participate in our programs, gain access to special events, participate in exclusive giveaways, access
member discounts & perks, and more.
Our community is available for anyone that shares our passion for the outdoors and has been affected by a medical challenge.
Provides an opportunity to connect one-on-one with another person who has experience with a similar medical challenge and shared passion for the outdoors.
Strengthens connections and empowers our community to get outside with others in their local area.
OM Adventure Scholarships
Supports our mission to enhance the quality of life of our community, by encouraging people to live big through a funded adventure of their choice.
WHY WE DO IT
● Social connections positively influence health.
Information is helpful; however, according to researchers and healthcare providers, personally connecting with others has significant positive impact on patient health.
● We all know someone who has faced a medical challenge. Over 600 neurological disorders exist! Each year in the United States:
○ Over 100,000 people are diagnosed with a primary or me to maintain a positive outlook metastatic brain tumor.
○ 181,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy
○ 10,400 people are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS)
○ 50,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease
○ 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury
● Getting outdoors and being active helps too.
Exposure to the natural environment of the outdoors directly correlates to improved neuropsychological function and behavioral attitudes toward managing challenges in diagnosis. Research has shown physical activity to be a significant factor in improving quality of life indicators among medically-diagnosed individuals.