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Healthy Parks Healthy People explores the links between nature and human health

HPHP Central is a place to access and share the latest international research, innovations and programs that focus on the health benefits of human contact with the natural world.

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  • Natural England’s Healthy Lives Healthy People approach

    Natural England’s Healthy Lives Healthy People approach

    Case study

      Natural England’s Healthy Lives Healthy People approach seeks to utilise the natural environment as a resource to improve health and reduce rates of 21st Century diseases. Through a public health strategy, the Government states that: ‘local communities will be empowered to “design communities for active ageing and sustainability”. This includes protecting green spaces, volunteer […]

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  • World Parks Congress 2014 – why you shouldn’t miss it!

    World Parks Congress 2014 – why you shouldn’t miss it!

    Article

    Have you heard about the IUCN 6th World Parks Congress being held in Sydney from 12 to 19 November this year? If not, it’s time to find out why this event is a must-do for anyone who cares not just about our parks and environment, but also about our health and that of our planet.

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  • The future of urban parks

    The future of urban parks

    Article

    Amalie Wright, a Brisbane-based landscape architect and author of Future Park: imagining tomorrow's urban parks, writes about what parks mean to communities and the importance of green spaces in urban areas.

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  • Park Prescriptions: Healthcare and recreation services collaborate

    Park Prescriptions: Healthcare and recreation services collaborate

    Article

    Imagine going to visit the doctor and instead of a script for medications, you leave with a Park Prescription, outlining a program of exercise and activity to be undertaken at a local park. For many people in the United States, these park prescriptions are now part of their health care routine.

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  • Passion and persistence deliver park access for all

    Passion and persistence deliver park access for all

    Article

    What difference can one passionate individual and a committed park management organisation make to giving people of limited mobility access to parks? A huge amount as it turns out, and in Australia that’s exactly what’s happening!

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  • Rediscover the woods …

    Rediscover the woods …

    Article

    Slam poet Hollie McNish combines the rhythm and power of her words with beautiful imagery in a clip of her poem called Hidden Woods.

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