Green Referrals Program - Active in Parks
Green Referrals is a prescription for good health.
Even just looking at nature is positive for our health, particularly in terms of recovering from stress, improving concentration and productivity, and improving mood. Experts have long believed that contact with nature improves self-awareness, self-esteem, self-concept and positively effects mood.
The People and Parks Foundation is about walking the walk as much as talking the talk.
In partnership with Barwon Medicare Local, doctors in numerous general practices have been promoting exercise in the parks for suitable patients.
Patients can be ‘prescribed’ into an 8 week ‘green activity’ program in 4 locations around the region. Contact with nature, whether through active involvement or passive contemplation, has immediate and long-term positive effects on our mental, spiritual, social and physical health and wellbeing.