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
- More than 1,000 British Columbians, including children, seniors and new Canadians, had the opportunity to get outside and unplugged.
Thank you to our Healthy By Nature program partners:
In 2015 I bought myself a camera and decided to get out in the wilderness away from cell/internet range. As I slowed down and watched and listened, a whole new world appeared. The wilderness and its wild animals had many lessons for me. Nature nourishes and teaches us patience. Nothing in nature is rushed. It is divine timing: everything happens when it’s time.”