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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 www.activeinparks.org for more information and to see what’s happening in your community.
22 Sep 2016
Parks Victoria is asking the community to share stories, comments, and advice to help us better understand what makes Victoria’s parks and waterways so valuable to Victorians. We would also like to hear suggestions about what would help make park visits more accessible and enjoyable to locals and visitors. “We…