Naturally Healthy – Partner information

Interest in the principles and implementation of the NH agenda is developing rapidly both nationally and internationally. At a time when concerns are rising about mental and physical health issues and their link to modern lifestyles it offers truly transformative opportunities. Interventions are proven, cost effective and safe and, as well as benefitting individuals, have a positive impact on communities. Reconnecting our populations with the natural world helps them value the ecosystem services that we rely on for life and increases awareness of the challenges facing our environment.

Devon LNP is proud to be a leader in this field. We are keen to share our learning and build links with all interested parties to develop this work further. If you are an individual or organisation working in this area, below are some links which may be of interest. Consider getting in touch, we would love to hear from you.

Theme contacts

  • Devon LNP Chair:  Dr James Szymankiewicz
  • Board lead: Dr Virginia Pearson, Devon’s Joint Executive Director of Public Health
  • Executive lead: Executive leads: Tom Mack, Active Devon,, DCC,, DCC and LNP Manager

The challenge

Devon’s natural environment has huge potential for improving our health and wellbeing. Walking, cycling, swimming, just by being somewhere special and feeling happier and more connected to people – we can improve our health in lots of ways. On the beach, in the woods, bird watching or stargazing, we can all benefit by experiencing and appreciating the beauty of what’s around us.

Being naturally active is even more important for people whose health is not as good as it could be. Improving access is a must if we’re to harness Devon’s natural benefits and reduce inequalities in health.  Devon provides endless opportunities for being ‘naturally active’, but many of us don’t access these benefits from the environment, particularly those over 65, those on low pay or unemployed, members of minority groups and people with disabilities or long term illness. Just 13% of adults in Devon regularly participate in sport or active recreation (including walking and cycling). This has to change.

Our vision

Everyone in Devon has the opportunity, and the confidence, to be ‘naturally active’ in order to improve their health and wellbeing.


  • Champion Devon’s natural environment as a way of promoting health equality and improving health
  • Focus on:
    • those at risk of, or suffering from, poor health, in order to reduce dependence on treatments and health services
    • those who do not currently engage with the natural environment.
    • children and young people, along with their families and schools
    • our workforce
  • Contribute to achieving health improvement measures set by Devon and Torbay Health and Wellbeing Boards
  • Encourage environmental volunteering.