Healthy By Nature

Increasing access to the health benefits of nature 

Children today spend an average of 7-8 hours per day in front of screens. All this screen time has been linked to increasing rates of obesity, ADHD, anxiety, spinal malformations and strained social relations. 
 
The Canadian Chief Public Health Officer recently said that active play outdoors is essential for healthy child development. A growing body of scientific evidence confirms that when humans interact with nature, they become healthier and more productive. 
 
Healthy By Nature exists to increase access to the health benefits of nature through awareness, park prescriptions, designed outdoor spaces and research. We know people from many communities have barriers to getting outside, so Healthy By Nature raises awareness of the health benefits and makes it easy, fun and rewarding to spend time in nature.

Visit the Healthy By Nature website for more information: www.healthybynature.ca

 

Five-year goals

  • Over 10,000 kids getting more than 50,000 hours of green time.
  • Park prescriptions, young adult services, employer green time and school green homework models are being developed and tested in BC as part of a larger Healthy By Nature initiative getting people outdoors and unplugged.

 

Thank you to our Healthy By Nature program partners:

Live 5-2-1-0      Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment