Taking Action to Connect Nature and Health
Conversations about promoting the health benefits of nature based experiences in parks and protected areas are common within the parks and protected areas community and among health care practitioners. At the 2019 Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) Healthy Parks Healthy People conference in 2019, delegates from both the parks community and the health sector sparked an initiative to create PaRx (www.ParkPrescriptions.ca), a national program for prescribing nature-based experiences and turning the conversation about health and parks into action.
“In light of everything happening during the global pandemic, and the intensive use and interest in parks, the timing could not be better for the BC Parks Foundation to launch Canada’s first national, evidence-based nature prescription program.”
Launching in BC, PaRx will grow through grassroots initiatives across Canada that will offer an opportunity for communities, health care providers, and patients to take action that connects wellbeing with nature-based activities.
Building on international initiatives, PaRx offers an evidence-based nature prescription program, quick tips and patient handouts, and opportunities to join a vibrant movement that can benefit Canadians while demonstrating the growing importance of parks and protected areas for human health and well-being.
Read the BC Parks Foundation Launch Announcement here