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Healthy Parks Healthy People


Healthy Parks Healthy People is a global movement that recognises the fundamental connections between human health and environmental health.

Growing scientific evidence and generations of traditional knowledge show that spending time in nature is good for our mind, body and soul. Contact with nature is critical for our physical, mental, social and spiritual health. It has positive effects on our ability to concentrate, learn, solve problems and be creative. It boosts our immune system and helps us relax.

Healthy nature sustains our life, livelihoods and liveability. Conserving parks for present and future generations provides inspirational and therapeutic settings that foster lifelong connections with nature and each other. Parks that are valued and maintained are also fundamental to economic growth and vibrant and healthy communities. 

Healthy Parks Healthy People aims to unlock the power of nature and parks for their preventative and restorative health and wellbeing benefits, while conserving biodiversity.

To find out more read the Guide to Healthy Parks Healthy People (PDF, 7mb), which 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 commitments and priorities in Victoria.

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...