Ontario’s provincial parks play a vital role in the protection of our natural environment, but did you know spending time in nature is good for your health too?
The research is clear; spending time in nature improves our physical, mental and social well-being. As our society becomes increasingly urban, there is growing recognition that Canadians are suffering from nature deficit disorder, the term used to describe negative personal, social and societal impacts when people disconnect from nature.
Ontario Parks supports Healthy Parks Healthy People; a worldwide movement that works to promote and understand the link between a healthy environment and healthy society. We are working with organizations from a number of different sectors to help connect Canadians to nature.
The time to strengthen and rediscover our connection to nature is now! Ontario’s provincial parks are home to some of the most inspiring and beautiful landscapes in the country. With locations across the province Ontario Parks offers facilities and programs to help you enjoy nature in all four seasons, regardless of your outdoor experience. Our park locator can help you find exactly what you are looking for.
Thank you for joining us at our inaugural Healthy Parks Healthy People celebration on July 17th, 2015.
Did you know that being regularly immersed in a natural setting – whether park, wetland or woodlot boosts immunity while reducing blood pressure, anxiety and stress levels? It’s time to make nature a habit! Ontario Parks challenges you to spend 30 minutes in nature every day for 30 days.
The 30x30 concept was created by the David Suzuki Foundation in an effort to inspire individuals to cultivate a nature habit. Ontario Parks and Healthy Parks Healthy People are encouraging you to get outside and back into nature. By accepting the 30x30 challenge, you are committing to a healthy lifestyle!
What exactly is the 30x30 Challenge?
Simply spend 30 minutes a day outside in nature for 30 days. By doing this you will be creating a nature habit that supports a healthy lifestyle.
How do I register?
Registration is now closed, commit to your own 30x30 challenge today.
When does the challenge start?
The 30x30 Challenge with Ontario Parks will run for the month of August – the challenge begins August 1st!
But wait, August has 31 days doesn’t it? Yes - take the opportunity to challenge yourself to one more day of spending time in nature!
I missed the start date… am I too late?
No way! You can join the challenge at any point in August!
What counts as “time in nature”?
Spending time in nature is all about getting outside and back into a more natural setting!
Time in nature is not always the same as being outside — most busy city thoroughfares aren’t very green or calming. But the good news for urban dwellers is that even small green spaces are beneficial if you relax and pay attention to nature when you’re there. Try putting your electronic devices away so you can use all your senses to listen for bird song, breathe fresh air and watch for local wildlife.
Where can I find nature?
Nature isn’t a destination—it’s literally in your backyard. Ontario Parks are a great starting place with such diversity and many parks within 100 km of many city centers. There are plenty of trails, beaches and recreational activity opportunities in Ontario Parks.
As well, green space is as close as your neighbourhood park or garden. Community gardens, trails, ravines and beaches are often a short diversion from your daily route.
What kinds of things can I do towards my 30x30?
Can I share what I’m doing with other participants?
Of course – we encourage you to do so! Share your pictures, videos, discoveries and daily nature interactions via social media. Connect with our Ontario Parks Facebook or tweet us @OntarioParks and use #HPHP and #30x30challenge to share how you are creating a healthy nature habit!
Thank you for joining us on July 15th!
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