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A Guide to Healthy Parks Healthy People

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A Guide to Healthy Parks Healthy People

This Guide – produced by Parks Victoria in Australia – 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.

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. For example, each year Victoria’s parks may contribute up to $200 million in avoided health care costs through physical activity in nature. Parks also generate at least $1.4 billion through park tourism by supporting 14,000 jobs (‘Valuing Victoria’s Parks’, Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, 2015).

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.

To read the Guide click here.



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