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Evidence shows that exposure to natural environments helps us to cope with stress, illness and injury; gives us a more positive outlook and can improve concentration and productivity. Check here for the latest stories and research about the vital role nature plays in our physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing.

Human Wellbeing Articles

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

    3 ways being in nature can help older adults overcome fatigue

    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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  • Learning from Trees: Life lessons for future generations

    Learning from Trees: Life lessons for future generations

    This report explores the skills and attributes children need in order to help them deal with future challenges. It combines Australian and international peer-reviewed academic research with the results of a snapshot survey of 200 teachers.

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  • Restoring the Connection Between Forests and Human Health

    Restoring the Connection Between Forests and Human Health

    Recognizing the extensive benefits and services provided by forests can help us overcome many of the challenges linked to physical and mental well-being facing Europe today. Read the IUCN contribution to the Revolve magazine in Spring 2017 on this topic.

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  • A Guide to Healthy Parks Healthy People

    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 commitment and priorities in Victoria, Australia.

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  • Healing Forest

    Healing Forest

    Healing Forest is a journey to discover the magical healing powers of nature. The aim of this project is to help people heal by reconnecting with nature. And also to help forests heal through volunteer projects.

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