An increasing number of park and health agencies, government bodies and NGOs around the world are adopting an approach to their programs that aligns with the Healthy Parks Healthy People philosophy. Check here for profiles on some of these organisations.
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.Read more
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.Read more
The concept of park prescriptions – health professionals prescribing time in nature as a treatment – is something that is gaining momentum. In the Greater Washington area, United States, a program called DC Park Prescriptions is part of a larger initiative around the country to get people to go outside, to visit a park, […]Read more
Natural England’s Healthy Lives Healthy People approach seeks to utilise the natural environment as a resource to improve health and reduce rates of 21st Century diseases. Through a public health strategy, the Government states that: ‘local communities will be empowered to “design communities for active ageing and sustainability”. This includes protecting green spaces, volunteer […]Read more
An innovative pilot project aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles is offering residents of Soweto in Johannesburg the opportunity to exercise in a park free of charge. Green Outdoor Gyms were launched in 2012 in Petrus Molefe Eco-Park and provide world-class equipment in a secure park setting. The equipment can be used by a number […]Read more