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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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Bellarine gets a healthy boost from Green Army

14 Oct 2016

Natural environments around the Bellarine Peninsula were given a boost recently thanks to a Green Army team that worked with five local agencies across the region. Nine volunteers coordinated by Conservation Volunteers Australia focused their efforts on a range of activities including weed control, revegetation and removing litter in parks,…

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