The natural environment has huge potential to improve health, prevent disease and promote wellbeing.
Recent research shows that being more active and having more contact with nature reduces stress and can have a beneficial effect on depression and anxiety. Increasing access to the natural environment can also help efforts to increase physical activity and reduce health risks such as obesity.
Through its corporate biodiversity programme, Hampshire County Council is committed to protecting and restoring the natural environment and increasing access to green space. This has clear benefits for public health.
The health benefits of ‘the great outdoors’ features strongly in the Hampshire Health and Wellbeing Partnership conference