WHITEFIELD — White Mountains Regional High School sits on a pristine 400-acre wooded property. WMRHS science department chair Sarah Slater-Sosa wants to make that space more accessible and functional. She has initiated a multi-phase project, Spartan Outdoor Learning Spaces, that would promote outdoor learning and recreational trail use as a way to promote mental health and physical fitness among students and community members. It aims to tackle two significant problems facing local residents, Slater-Sosa said, noting, “Obesity and mental illness are two major public health issues that are becoming more prevalent in rural, low-income areas such as our own. “Slater-Sosa initiated the project as part of her Master’s in Public Health program while interning with the North Country Health Consortium.
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