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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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  • World Ranger Day – 31 July

    World Ranger Day – 31 July

    Article

    On World Ranger Day - 31 July - we take a moment to give thanks to all those rangers working in our protected areas!

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  • A healthier life in Buenos Aires

    A healthier life in Buenos Aires

    Article

    Buenos Aires has 34 Healthy Stations located in parks and squares have been visited by more than 500,000 people.

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  • Forest and nature school – a useful guide

    Forest and nature school – a useful guide

    Article

    Are you or an organisation you know interested in establishing a forest school or any similar form of education in a natural setting? Then a recent guide, produced by Forest School Canada in 2014, may provide a wealth of useful information.

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  • How nature naturally boosts your mood and happiness

    How nature naturally boosts your mood and happiness

    Article

    Happiness can't be as simple as a walk in the park... can it?

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  • Consortium of Universities for Global Health: Bridging the Knowledge-Needs Gap

    Consortium of Universities for Global Health: Bridging the Knowledge-Needs Gap

    Article

    The 5th annual meeting of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) was held in May 2014 in Washington DC. Over 1450 people attended representing 54 countries and over 205 institutions. The nexus between human health and the environment featured prominently in this year’s CUGH conference, including the issue of food security and health.

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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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