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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 is 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Healthy Parks Healthy People Community Engagement eGuide

    Healthy Parks Healthy People Community Engagement eGuide

    Case study

    The Healthy Parks Healthy People Community Engagement eGuide produced by the US National Park Service is the first in a digital series to chronicle and share the development of Healthy Parks Healthy People programs in parks and communities across the US.

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