Bradley Fauteux, Managing Director of Ontario Parks mentioned that personal connections to nature are powerful and also critical to our health and wellbeing. Things like high blood pressure, diabetes, childhood obesity, aging and depression are all concerns and Ontario Parks wants to help alleviate these issues by suggesting you spend more time in nature.
"Research proves it. Time spent outdoors in nature is not only beneficial for your health, it is a critical building block of your own health and wellbeing. Our provincial parks might be one of the most important health resources that we have as Ontarians. This year Ontario Parks is joining the Healthy Parks Healthy People movement.
So to kick it off, I want all Ontarians to spend more time in nature and especially in our beautiful provincial parks. To celebrate, all provincial parks will be free for day use on July 17th. Many parks will be holding special events such as guided hikes, yoga classes, fun runs, scavenger hunts for people to enjoy."
The Healthy Parks Healthy People movement was adopted by parks all over the world and was founded in Victoria, Australia about ten years ago.