Parks Prescriptions (PaRx) began as a grassroots movement in the U.S. over a decade ago and has now spread to countries around the world. It’s an initiative of the BC Parks Foundation, driven by health care professionals who want to improve their patients’ health by connecting them to nature. It features practical resources like quick tips and patient handouts, with the goal of making prescribing time in nature simple, fun and effective.
According to the BC Parks Foundation and backed by hundreds of studies over several decades, connecting to nature is one of the best things you can do to improve your health.
“Research tells us that spending time in and around nature is one of the best things we can do for our health,” said Dr. Melissa Lem, the director of PaRx. “Therefore ensuring that community centres – where people already go to connect socially, get active and improve their well-being – have lots of trees and green space nearby is an important public health intervention. And don’t forget to make it a priority to head outside into nature yourself. Studies show that people who are more connected to nature are more likely to protect and champion it, so you might just find yourself more motivated and energized to engage in advocacy when you spend more time in the great outdoors.”
Additionally, increasing access to nature helps people and the planet in many ways.
To learn more about Parks Prescriptions and why connecting to nature is one of the best things you can do to improve your health and the health of your community members, visit parkprescriptions.ca.