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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 Parks Congress Improving Health and Well-being: Healthy Parks Healthy People stream report

    World Parks Congress Improving Health and Well-being: Healthy Parks Healthy People stream report

    Article

    The proceedings of the Improving Health and Well-being: Healthy Parks Healthy People stream at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 have been recorded and compiled in a comprehensive report of each stream session that offers an excellent overview.

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  • A review of nature-based interventions for mental health care

    A review of nature-based interventions for mental health care

    Research

    With the prescription of antidepressants at record levels and a high demand for psychological therapies, health and social care commissioners are interested in examining and commissioning new treatment interventions for mental health. This study examines the benefits, commonality and outcomes of three key green care approaches.

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  • Parks for Healthy Communities Forum 2016

    Parks for Healthy Communities Forum 2016

    Article

    The summary, presentations and panel discussions of the Parks for Healthy Communities Forum held in Melbourne, Australia in May 2016.

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  • Anchorage Park Foundation Healthy Parks – Healthy People

    Anchorage Park Foundation Healthy Parks – Healthy People

    Case study

      The community in Anchorage, Canada is benefiting in more ways than one from getting involved in assessing and working on improvements in their local parks. The Anchorage Park Foundation has been building Healthy Parks and Healthy People by mobilising public support and financial resources for Anchorage parks, trails, and recreation opportunities. Every few years […]

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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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  • Green outdoor gyms in Johannesburg

    Green outdoor gyms in Johannesburg

    Case study

      An innovative pilot project aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles is offering residents of Soweto in Johannesburg the opportunity to exercise in a park free of charge. Green Outdoor Gyms were launched in 2012 in Petrus Molefe Eco-Park and provide world-class equipment in a secure park setting. The equipment can be used by a number […]

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