Naturally Healthy

Lady wild swimming in the sea

In our modern, hectic world there is growing evidence that taking the time to reconnect with the natural environment offers huge benefits for our physical and mental health and wellbeing. Many Naturally Healthy interventions offer a chance to learn new skills, meet new people and increase activity levels in a safe and supportive way. Regardless of age or fitness there is something for everyone. Our ‘Naturally Healthy’ work is pulling together partners from the health, wellbeing, community and environment sectors to ensure that we can all benefit from Devon’s fabulous natural environment.  Please get in touch with Tom or Kirstie if you would like to get involved.

Vision

  • Everyone in Devon is happier and healthier through an increased connection with nature.

Leads

  • Board lead: Steve Brown, Director of Public Health, DCC.
  • Working Group leads: Tom Mack, Active Devon, Kirstie Pritchard, Devon County Council

People going for a walk with the use of an off-road mobility scooter Find our more about Naturally Healthy opportunities across Devon

 

Naturally healthy stories

Hear from people who have benefited from being naturally healthy.

Current work

 

Steering group

A small Steering Group with representatives from the health and environment sectors who lead the Naturally Healthy Initiative.

Forum (network for anyone to join)

Get involved in the forum and join a group of cross-sector partners that are motivated to provide everyone with better opportunities to access the mental and physical health benefits of connecting with nature.

Partner pages

Learn about the vision and objectives of the Naturally Healthy Priority and how your organisation can get involved.  See an overview of Current work

Documents and evidence

Read reports commissioned by the Local Nature Partnership and the evidence for Natural Healthy. Also find out more about the benefits of Naturally Healthy from our information collection.

Share your Naturally Healthy activities

In order that link workers, social prescribing projects and other health and community partners are aware of Naturally Healthy initiatives we are encouraging partners to list their projects and activities on the Active Devon Activity Finder. This is a great way to promote your organisation and your activities and it is completely free. Information on how to upload to the site is available through an FAQs document and you can register your organisation on the A-Z Directory and your activities through the Activity Finder.  Please remember to include ‘Naturally Healthy’ and other relevant keywords (e.g. environment and wildlife) to your description to enable the key word search to find them, and please tag your activities on the Naturally Healthy campaign – when prompted with the question: Is this activity being linked to a local or national campaign?

 

Devon LNP is proud to be part of the Planetary Health Alliance. This is an international consortium building a rigorous evidence base for informing policy solutions aimed at optimizing both human health and that of the environment. What we do to the world comes back to affect us, and not always in ways that we would expect. Understanding and acting upon these challenges calls for massive collaboration across disciplinary and national boundaries. The Planetary Health Alliance provides a platform to do just that.