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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.

Recent Features

  • 3 ways being in nature can help older adults overcome fatigue

    3 ways being in nature can help older adults overcome fatigue

    Article

    Every year, around 1.5 million Australians go to the doctor to seek help for fatigue. While constant tiredness is often associated with working people, this condition can also affect the elderly. Some may think that fatigue may not be detrimental to seniors’ health, but it can lead to a decline in normal everyday functioning. Fortunately, there are simple ways that older adults can overcome fatigue and improve their health, and one is being out in nature.

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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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  • Healthy Nature Healthy People E-Toolkit

    Healthy Nature Healthy People E-Toolkit

    Article

    This e-toolkit contains practical tips and stories from land, water and sea managers who have usefully applied the Healthy Nature Healthy People approach. It also provides digital links to research and published materials, videos and presentation materials.

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  • Contemplation of Nature released in Spanish

    Contemplation of Nature released in Spanish

    Article

    Ajay Rastogy, founder of the Foundation for Contemplation of Nature, has released the Contemplation of Nature report in Spanish, for those who wish to access it in this language.

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