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The evidence is clear and far-reaching. Spending time in the natural environment – in places like parks - is good for your mind, body and soul.

Healthy Parks Healthy People seeks to reinforce and encourage the connections between a healthy environment and a healthy society. 

Parks Victoria created the Healthy Parks Healthy People brand in 2000 and then commissioned Deakin University to do a literature review which analysed more than 200 journal articles on research into the human health benefits of contact with nature 


Reviewing the evidence

Healthy Parks Healthy People: the State of the Evidence 2014 Summary of Preliminary Findings Parks Victoria and the School of Health and Social Development, Faculty

What the research says

Nature helps us be active Within parks, people tend to be more physically active - on tracks, playgrounds and at sports facilities. The many benefits

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Healthy Parks Healthy People Central If you’re interested in finding out more about research on the link between contact with nature and the benefits

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Dog walking restrictions help save endangered Hooded Plovers

21 Sep 2015

Parks Victoria is increasing ranger patrols and reminding visitors to the Mornington Peninsula National Park to abide by dog restrictions to help protect endangered Hooded Plovers throughout their breeding season, which extends from September to March each year. “The Hooded Plover population at the Mornington Peninsula National Park is one…

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