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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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  • Get moving — for your heart’s sake!

    Get moving — for your heart’s sake!

    Article

    Dr Rob Grenfell was, until recently, the National Director of Cardiovascular Health for the Heart Foundation, an Australian organisation working to reduce the incidence and severity of cardiovascular disease, which accounts for 32% of total deaths in Australia each year. It does not take long to realise why he is such an outspoken and passionate advocate for the inclusion of green spaces in our metropolitan cities.

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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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  • Outdoor green gyms in Johannesburg: getting active for free!

    Outdoor green gyms in Johannesburg: getting active for free!

    Article

    The City of Johannesburg is a rapidly-growing metropolis, the largest city in South Africa, and it faces a series of huge challenges to meet the needs of its population, half of whom are under the age of 35.

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  • Benefits for children of time spent in nature

    Benefits for children of time spent in nature

    Article

    Time spent playing outdoors is a classic childhood image - but it’s one that has been declining over time due to a range of factors such as increased reliance on technology, reduced free time and perceived safety issues.

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  • EUROPARC network case studies

    EUROPARC network case studies

    Case study

    We can all agree that physical activity and contact with nature is essential for human health, and that ‘Green exercise’ can make a significant and sustained contribution to good physical and mental health and wellbeing.

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  • Sustainable Development Goals – where are we at?

    Sustainable Development Goals – where are we at?

    Article

    The concept of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was created in 2012, at the United Nations (UN) Conference on Sustainable Development, called Rio+20. The SDGs will determine the future development agenda beyond 2015

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