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The EcoHealth Research Group
Established in May 2013 by Credit Valley Conservation; David Suzuki Foundation; Peel, Toronto, York & Simcoe-Muskoka Health Units; Public Health Ontario; Ontario Public Health Association; and Toronto and Region Conservation. Two initiatives: (1) A review of the characteristics of green space that support health and identification of ways to maximize the health benefits of green space (2) A review of how, and to what extent, the natural environment influences climate-related health impacts, recognizing that there are both benefits and risks (i.e., heat mitigation, pollutant reduction, shade provision, etc.)

Healthy Communities depend on Healthy Watersheds
Paper created during a working session at the University of Guelph involving environmental and public health professionals. Convened by Professor Karen Morrison (Ontario Node of the Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health) in November 2012.

A Healthy Dose of Green: A prescription for a healthy population
Published by Trees Ontario in February 2012. The paper documents scientific evidence showing that trees and forests promote health by reducing air pollution that affects cardiorespiratory health, providing shade from harmful solar radiation, reducing stress, promoting physical activity and reducing attention deficit disorder in children. In September 2012, Trees Ontario and Conservation Ontario hosted a forum to build on these ideas and discuss opportunities for integrated and comprehensive actions to improve both human and ecosystem health.

 

Resources

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

The Impact of Green Space on Heat and Air Pollution in Urban Communities - a Meta Narrative Systematic Review (Tara Zupancic, Claire Westmacott, Mike Bulthuis)

Healthy Communities • Sustainable Communities (Ontario Professional Planners Institute: Calls to Action and Policy Papers, 2007-2014)

Conservation Authority Programs Contribute to Healthy People (Conservation Ontario, powerpoint presentation, 2014)

Healthy Hikes Challenge (Conservation Ontario, 2014)

The Benefits of Nature: Ontario's Conservation Areas Contribute to Healthy People (Conservation Ontario, 2014)

Healthy Ecosystems - Healthy People (Conservation Ontario web-page, 2014)

A Healthy Dose of Green: A prescription for a healthy population (Trees Ontario, 2012)

A Healthy Dose of Green: Forum Report (Trees Ontario, 2012)

Healthy Communities Depend on Healthy Watersheds (position paper, 2012)