“Access to active play in nature and outdoors—with its risks—is essential for healthy child development. We recommend increasing children’s opportunities for self-directed play outdoors in all settings—at home, at school, in child care, the community and nature.” ~ Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health (CCMOH)
Canadian physicians, moms, and BC Parks are joining forces to support the growing movement acknowledging the benefits of outdoor play! The Outside & Unplugged walks is a recent initiative that encourages families to get outside and connect with each other. Over 100 physicians have volunteered to lead these walks in their communities. The event takes place on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 10 am at 100 participating BC Parks.
Register to lead a walk at www.healthybynature.ca.
Read more on physicians’ support of this initiative: “Healthy-By-Nature with Outside-and-Unplugged Walks!” via BC Medical Journal.
Please see below additional resources and ideas to peruse through:
- Appalachian Mountain Club and MGHfC team up to help families live a healthier lifestyle: Learn more here.
- Gehle. 2011. Integrating environmental health into medical education.
- Nieuwenhuijsen. 2014. Positive health effects of the natural outdoor environment in typical populations in different regions in Europe (PHENOTYPE): A study programme protocol.
- Nisbit. 2015. Prescribing a dose of nature.
- Pope. 1995. Environmental medicine: Integrating a missing element into medical education.
- Puma. 2016. Rx: Exercise daily — Outdoors. Doctor’s Orders.
- Russell. 2013. Humans and nature: How knowing and experiencing nature affect well-being.
- Yu. 2017. Effects of short forest bathing program on autonomic nervous system activity and mood states in middle-aged and elderly individuals.