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Healthy Parks Healthy People explores the links between nature and human health

HPHP Central is a place to access and share the latest international research, innovations and programs that focus on the health benefits of human contact with the natural world.

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  • Learning from Trees: Life lessons for future generations

    Learning from Trees: Life lessons for future generations

    Article

    This report explores the skills and attributes children need in order to help them deal with future challenges. It combines Australian and international peer-reviewed academic research with the results of a snapshot survey of 200 teachers.

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  • Benefits of Urban Green Space in the Australian Context

    Benefits of Urban Green Space in the Australian Context

    Research

    Urban green spaces are widely understood as ‘improving’ cities. There has been extensive research into a wide range of effects that urban green spaces have on the urban environments, and the people, plants and animals that live in them. This report summarises some of that research.

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  • 3 ways being in nature can help older adults overcome fatigue

    3 ways being in nature can help older adults overcome fatigue

    Article

    Every year, around 1.5 million Australians go to the doctor to seek help for fatigue. While constant tiredness is often associated with working people, this condition can also affect the elderly. Some may think that fatigue may not be detrimental to seniors’ health, but it can lead to a decline in normal everyday functioning. Fortunately, there are simple ways that older adults can overcome fatigue and improve their health, and one is being out in nature.

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  • World Parks Congress Improving Health and Well-being: Healthy Parks Healthy People stream report

    World Parks Congress Improving Health and Well-being: Healthy Parks Healthy People stream report

    Article

    The proceedings of the Improving Health and Well-being: Healthy Parks Healthy People stream at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 have been recorded and compiled in a comprehensive report of each stream session that offers an excellent overview.

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  • A review of nature-based interventions for mental health care

    A review of nature-based interventions for mental health care

    Research

    With the prescription of antidepressants at record levels and a high demand for psychological therapies, health and social care commissioners are interested in examining and commissioning new treatment interventions for mental health. This study examines the benefits, commonality and outcomes of three key green care approaches.

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  • Parks for Healthy Communities Forum 2016

    Parks for Healthy Communities Forum 2016

    Article

    The summary, presentations and panel discussions of the Parks for Healthy Communities Forum held in Melbourne, Australia in May 2016.

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