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Realizing the Health Benefits of Green Spaces in a Changing World Workshop (Presentations and Literature Reviews)

Workshop Report (Prepared by Karen Morrison and Suzanne Barrett)

Introduction (Burkhard Mausberg, Greenbelt Foundation)

What is EcoHealth Ontario? (Mike Puddister, Credit Valley Conservation)

The Natural Environment: Why it Matters to Public Health (Dr. Charles Gardner, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit)

Green Space, Health and Well-Being: A Review (Ronald McFarlane, Toronto Public Health)

Green Space, Air Quality & Heat: A Review (Tara Zupancic, Habitus Research)

Summary of The impact of green space on heat and air pollution in urban communities: a meta-narrative systematic review (David Suzuki Foundation)(Full report here)

Summary of Urban green space, health and well-being: A review (Toronto Public Health)

Green City: Why Nature Matters to Health

Green City: Why Nature Matters to Health (An Evidence Review) (Tara Zupancic, Marianne Kingsley, Timothy Jason, Ronald Macfarlane)

Presentation from Medical Officer of Health on Green City: Why Nature Matters to Health (Dr. David McKeown)

Report to Medical Officer on Green City: Why Nature Matters to Health

The impact of green space on heat and air pollution in urban communities - a meta narrative systematic review (Tara Zupancic, Claire Westmacott, Mike Bulthuis)

The Healthy Hikes Challenge

Hosted by Conservation Ontario and the Conservation Authorities from May-October 2014. Partners include Canadian Mental Health Association, Forests Ontario, Bruce Trail Conservancy, York Region, Ducks Unlimited, LEAF, Trail Swag and the Ontario Trails Council. The goal is to encourage people to get out into nature for their mental and physical well-being.

The 30×30 Nature Challenge

David Suzuki Foundation's national campaign to get Canadians outside for 30 minutes a day for 30 days in May. Daily tips and photo contests, along with toolkits for workplaces and schools support all Canadians to cultivate the nature habit for the sake of their health and the planet's.

Mood Walks

Sponsored by the Canadian Mental Health Association, working with Conservation Ontario and the Conservation Authorities. May-October 2014.

A Prescription for a Healthy Environment

A.D. Latornell Conservation Symposium in November 2012. Keynote speakers included Dr William Bird, Director of Intelligent Health in the UK, and Dr John Howard, Chair of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. Sessions covered a wide variety of themes, including the value of nature to human well-being, the role of public health and planning professionals in shaping urban communities, healthy watersheds for healthy people, and green time for children's health.