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Parks and greenspace

Nature does wonders for physical and mental health

Parks, trails, forests, meadows and other green spaces or natural areas are important to quality of life within a community. These places and spaces provide many health benefits for people of all ages.  Contact with nature positively influences physical and mental health and overall well-being.

This short video explains the Mental Health Benefits of Getting Outside (Video is closed captioned) 

Did you know:

  • People who live closer (such as a 10 minute walk) to parks and green spaces tend to be more physically active.
  • Within parks and green spaces, people tend to be more physically active on trails, at playgrounds and sports facilities.
  • Organized park programs can increase the use of parks and playgrounds for young people. Organized programs in parks and greenspaces also encourage physical activity and provide social opportunities for all ages.
  • You can contact your local parks and recreation department to learn about the programs they offer and where the parks and greenspaces are located.
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