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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

Find out more

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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Vandalism at Holey Plains State Park

19 Nov 2015

Parks Victoria staff were disappointed to find one of the picnic tables burnt by vandals over the Melbourne Cup weekend in Holey Plains State Park in Gippsland. Parks Victoria’s District Manager Central Gippsland, Helen Dixon said the picnic tables are provided for people to enjoy this lovely bush environment for…

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