Healthy Parks Healthy People
Healthy Parks Healthy People is a global movement which is helping communities around the world realise the health and wellbeing benefits of spending time in parks and nature. Our aim is to unlock the power of nature and parks for their preventative and restorative health and wellbeing benefits, while conserving biodiversity.
Growing scientific evidence and generations of traditional knowledge show that spending time in nature is good for our mind, body and soul. Community groups, schools, governments, health authorities and recreational organisations worldwide are tapping into the healing power of nature. Did you know that viewing natural scenes lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and boosts wellbeing, put simply, nature is good for you! Why not go for a walk in a beautiful park today?
Our stunning parks, coastlines, forests and mountains play an important role in fostering happy, healthy and active communities. 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.
Maybe you need to escape the city, have a digital detox or chill out in a relaxing forest? We've got great experiences for everyone, from guided Park walks where you can make new friends, to Discovery walks where you can learn something new.
Spending time in nature is good for you
Physical health and wellbeing
Mental health and wellbeing
Kids, teens and families
Healthy and active ageing
Rehabilitation and recovery
All abilities access
Things to do for your health and wellbeing
Guided park walks
Mindfulness walks in nature
Healthy Parks Healthy People Framework
Healthy Parks Healthy People describes the fundamental connection between the health of our environment and the health and wellbeing benefits of spending time in nature.
Research has shown that spending time in nature contributes to our health and wellbeing in a variety of ways. Nature makes us healthier and happier people, something that few of us nature lovers would argue with.
A key to the success of Healthy Parks Healthy People is building innovative partnerships that help us deliver both policy direction, and programs for all Victorians and visitors.
Over the past decade, based on a strong and growing body of evidence, there has been a shift in understanding about the importance of nature and green spaces for the health and wellbeing of our mind, body, and soul.