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Healthy Parks Healthy People

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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...

Improving Health and Well-being

At the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 in Sydney, Australia the connections between human health and nature were profiled like never before. The topic...

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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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Sharing the Love for Marine Protected Areas

12 Aug 2016

All things fishy are being celebrated in Warrnambool this weekend, with marine volunteers across the state gathering at Deakin University for the third Sharing the Love forum. Friends of Merri Marine Sanctuary and Parks Victoria are hosting the event, which celebrates and supports community involvement in Victoria’s marine national parks…

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