Improving Health and Wellbeing Through Our Natural Health Service

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Hosted by Scottish Natural Heritage in association with NHS Health Scotland and the Forestry Commission. Scotland's natural environment is an under-utilised asset for the promotion and improvement of physical and mental health and wellbeing. In particular, green exercise which denotes an active and passive engagement in the outdoors to foster better health outcomes has a significant role to play in tackling pressing health issues. The context: The significance of nature to human welfare is increasingly recognised with a range of positive psychological, cognitive and physiological health outcomes achievable by using the outdoors as our 'natural health service'. A growing evidence-base for action to link the environment and the public’s health, a changing health and social care landscape and complex population needs make now an ideal time to develop and mainstream the use of Scotland's abundant natural resources across rural and urban settings to improve health and wellbeing. The event​: Join us to explore how developing our natural health service can help support and complement the NHS and wider healthcare delivery. We will examine the policy context, programme of interventions already underway and opportunities for organisations to work together to maximise, up-scale and co-ordinate current and future approaches. Follow #OurNaturalHealthService on Twitter to join the conversation before and during the event! Lecture by: Professor Chris Oliver, Physical Activity for Health Research Centre, University of Edinburgh, and Board Member, Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust @CyclingSurgeon "Turning Your Life Around: The Role of Physical Activity" •A user's perspective •Where are we now with Physical Activity in Scotland? •How to get the Physical Activity message across?
Period2 Oct 2017
Event typeConference
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map


  • Health
  • Physical activity
  • enviroment
  • obesity