Naturally Healthy month

The Devon Local Nature Partnership (DLNP)’s Naturally Healthy initiative is all about the power of nature to improve our health and wellbeing. Connecting with nature often includes being more physically active which brings even greater benefits, but as quoted by James Szymankiewicz, North Devon GP and member of the DLNP: “Simply being in the natural environment is clinically proven to improve your health and wellbeing.”

Each year the Devon LNP coordinates Naturally Healthy Month, and this year, in the current circumstances, spending time in nature and exercising outdoors are more vital than ever. In a recent People and Nature Survey 41% of adults said visiting green and natural spaces has been even more important to their wellbeing since coronavirus. Being Naturally Healthy can benefit you in so many ways from boosting the immune system to reliving stress and anxiety and improving mental wellbeing, as well as helping with weight management.

In Devon, our amazing natural outdoor spaces offer a huge variety of ways to be naturally healthy, including walking, cycling, wild swimming and bird watching. May is an ideal opportunity to make some time for yourself and connect to nature and there is clear evidence that this offers huge benefits to our physical health, mental health and wellbeing.

It will soon be time to start planning for Naturally Healthy May 2021 but last year, due to coronavirus, Naturally Healthy month took place in October.  You can see a film we produced to promote the campaign below and view the impact report here.