Make nature a habit with Ontario Parks’ #30x30Challenge checklist!

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.  Continue reading Make nature a habit with Ontario Parks’ #30x30Challenge checklist!

Do your kids suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder?

Have we got the cure for that!

Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving our children from Nature Deficit Disorder, rocked the parenting world with his notion that outdoor play is becoming extinct and we as parents are to blame.

His theory is that children nowadays are so overprotected and sedentary they have developed what he calls Nature Deficit Disorder, a condition that renders children devoid of outdoor play, disconnected from nature and completely unaware that their very future – and ours as a species – is at risk.

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Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Why outdoor exercise really is better for you

Ontario has had one of the coldest winters on record with ridiculous amounts of snow and frigid temperatures so getting outside to exercise has been a challenge for most of us. Still, if we could only push ourselves to get outside and move … feel the sun shining on our skin, the breeze blowing through our hair, the sights and sounds of nature guiding us, we would actually start to feel better. Mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

A multitude of recent studies from around the world show that exercising outdoors is like winning the health lottery. We simply feel better “taking it outside.” So the next time you’re tempted to walk or jog on the old treadmill, think twice and maybe head outdoors. You will really feel better for it!

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Here’s to your HEALTH!

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Have you ever considered the extent to which parks can play a role in your health? People place a high value on parks (and other protected areas) for good reason, they help protect Ontario’s vast diversity of plants, animals and their habitat, as well as the environment. But more and more, parks around the world are being recognized as landscapes that deeply touch our collective spirit. Continue reading Here’s to your HEALTH!