Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature


Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Seminar: Is the evidence of links between natural environments and health informing policy and practice?

Dr Becca Lovell. Research Fellow, University of Exeter Medical School.

‘…urban greenspace is a necessary component for delivering healthy,
sustainable and liveable cities. Interventions to increase or improve urban green space can
deliver positive health, social and environmental outcomes for all population groups, particularly among lower socioeconomic status groups. There are very few, if any, other public health interventions that can achieve all of this…’ (WHO, 2017).

The UK faces considerable health challenges including rising rates of non-communicable diseases, chronic disability and persistent socio-economic related inequalities in health outcomes. A growing body of evidence suggests that contact with the natural environment is associated with better health outcomes and may potentially be of value as a resource in tackling some of our most intractable health issues. In this seminar Becca will examine if and how the evidence of positive linkages between natural environments and health are reflected policy and practice at a range of scales, from the international through to the local. Becca will discuss the key frameworks and approaches which have been used to integrate the evidence into decision making and will ask how we might go about creating the contexts in which we can achieve improved health through use of the natural environment in the future.

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