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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 to health and wellbeing, visit HPHP Central.

Here you will find the latest international research, innovations and programs.

Beyond Blue to Green

Studies show there is a significant relationship between people's mental health and their local environment.

Read beyondblue’s study reviewing Australian and international research - Beyond Blue to Green: The benefits of contact with nature for mental health and well-being.

Geelong's Active in Parks, a Healthy Parks Healthy People program

Active in Parks is an award-winning Healthy Parks Healthy People program that encourages interaction with nature to improve people’s physical, mental and social wellbeing.

Piloted by the People and Parks Foundation in 2011, with the support of Barwon Medicare Local, Parks Victoria and the Medibank Community Fund, the program’s initial goal was to get Barwon residents healthy, active and outdoors. Following the success of the pilot, Active in Parks has now expanded to work across the country, reaching over 100,000 people Australia wide.

In addition to providing organisations and community groups with step by step implementation guides for its programs it also connects Australians to thousands of outdoors activities through its ‘What’s On Outdoors’ database.

Head to for more information and to see what’s happening in your community.

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Lerderderg State Park and Wombat Forest bike blitz

07 Oct 2015

The spectacular Lerderderg State Park and popular Wombat State Forest, near Bacchus Marsh and Daylesford, are offering refreshed Healthy Parks Healthy People experiences after a recent multi-agency compliance operation. Ranger team leader Scott Nicholson said the operation was a huge success, balancing education, customer service and compliance across the two…

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