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Thriving Neighbourhoods Conference 2011. Stuart Ord Director Healthy Parks Healthy People, Parks Victoria. It’s a simple message. Healthy Parks: environmental benefits achieved through conserving, protecting and enhancing biodiversity and cultural values
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Director Healthy Parks Healthy People,
Healthy Parks: environmental benefits achieved through conserving, protecting and enhancing biodiversity and cultural values
Healthy People: health, well being and other societal benefits associated with the range of experiences and opportunitiesavailable
nature and human health.
The health of our parks is directly related
to the health of our communities.
Studies have shown an increase in greenery directly relates to a decrease in obesity
“Abundant evidence is available to substantiate the views of city planners, the medical profession, and psychologiststhat proper outdoor recreation has a most beneficial effect on the health, morals, and business efficiency of communities…
The problem presented to the commission was not whether recreational facilities were necessary, but what area of open spaces would be required to serve the population….”
Plan of General Development
Relevant & Contemporary, Parks & Bays settings & infrastructure
Access and Linkages
EnablingPrograms and Services that promote meaningful experiences
Health - Preventative
Health - Rehabilitation
Healthier, happier individuals & communitiesconnected with the great outdoors
Ed’s Great Grandfather, George
The prevalence of diabetes in the west is up to one in seven compared with the Victorian average of one in thirty.
The Type 2 Diabetes hotspots in the City of Brimbank are reported as:Ardeer 13.5% Deer Park 6.30%
Sunshine 11.1% Kealba 4.80%
Keilor Park 5.72%
“90% to 95% of cases of type 2 diabetes are associated with obesity and physical inactivity”.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2002
- Cardio Vascular Disease
- Social Isolation
Endorsement & support from the Health Industry
Expert advisor & champion
Posters and brochures to GPs’ surgeries state-wide
Establish innovative demonstration projects
a physical activity program being trialled in Geelong region in Spring 2011
the long term well-being benefits of contact with parks and open space and the ecosystem services they provide.
In reality we have the opportunity to optimise the provision of such opportunities and to contribute to social capital and social fabric
Healthy Parks Healthy People!