Healthy By Nature
Increasing access to the health benefits of nature
Experience the Healing Power of Nature
A growing body of scientific evidence confirms that when you interact with nature, you can become healthier and more productive.
We want to make sure all British Columbians have the opportunity to experience parks and their healing power.
Through our Healthy By Nature initiative, you can access tips and information about the healing power of nature. Visit the Healthy By Nature website for more information: www.healthybynature.ca
Through Park Prescriptions, we are working with healthcare professionals to prescribe time in nature to those who need it most. Featuring practical resources like quick tips and patient handouts, its goal is to make prescribing time in nature straightforward and effective. Each prescriber who registers with PaRx will receive a nature prescription file customized with a unique provider code, and instructions for how to prescribe and log nature prescriptions. If you are a health care professional or would like more information about Park Prescriptions: www.parkprescriptions.ca
Through our Outside Unplugged initiative, you can give vulnerable Canadians the opportunity to experience BC’s parks and learn about health and nature. We work with Mosaic to provide opportunities to new Canadians and refugees, and Foundry to provide opportunities to youth ages 12-24. We also work with a number of organizations to get kids outside. 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.
Please consider giving a child, youth, or vulnerable Canadian the opportunity to experience nature by donating here.
Thank you to our Healthy By Nature program partners:
See below for more information on current projects.
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.”