Healthy Parks Healthy People is a global movement that recognises the fundamental connections between human health and environmental health.
Growing scientific evidence and generations of traditional knowledge show that spending time in nature is good for our mind, body and soul. Contact with nature is critical for our physical, mental, social and spiritual health. It has positive effects on our ability to concentrate, learn, solve problems and be creative. It boosts our immune system and helps us relax.
Healthy nature sustains our life, livelihoods and liveability. Conserving parks for present and future generations provides inspirational and therapeutic settings that foster lifelong connections with nature and each other. Parks that are valued and maintained are also fundamental to economic growth and vibrant and healthy communities.
Healthy Parks Healthy People aims to unlock the power of nature and parks for their preventative and restorative health and wellbeing benefits, while conserving biodiversity.
Healthy Parks Healthy People encourages divergent sectors to come together to build healthier communities and tackle the issues facing our planet. The approach encourages those from the health, environment, parks, tourism, community development, education, business and other sectors to work together to provide a better outcome for all.
In 2010, Parks Victoria hosted the first International Healthy Parks Healthy People Congress, which brought together 1,200 participants from 37 nations to explore the many ways nature and parks significantly contribute to our health and wellbeing.
Healthy Parks Healthy People was also significantly profiled in its own stream, led by Parks Victoria, at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, held in Sydney, Australia. Over 4,000 delegates from around the globe attended.
These events, among others including information on Healthy Parks Healthy People, have ensured that the Healthy Parks Healthy People approach is now on the radar for government, environment, health, education and business sectors globally.
Why HPHP Central?
Healthy Parks Healthy People (HPHP) Central has evolved to maintain global momentum for better understanding the links between nature and human health.
HPHP Central serves as a resource for the HPHP global community to learn about and share the latest research, case studies, programs and innovations that focus on the health benefits of human contact with the natural world.
This Healthy Parks Healthy People Guide provides an introduction to the Healthy Parks Healthy People approach. It provides information on what Healthy Parks Healthy People is, why it is important, the role of parks for community health and wellbeing, building knowledge, and commitments and priorities in Victoria, Australia.