A new campaign is promoting the real benefits associated with simple pleasures like going for a walk in the fresh air or appreciating the beauty of nature.

Environment Minister Ian Hunter and Health Minister Peter Malinauskas launched the 5 Ways to Wellbeing in Nature campaign today.

5 Ways to Wellbeing in Nature is part of the Healthy Parks Healthy People SA initiative, which is jointly run by the Department for Health and Ageing and the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.

Posters and starter packs of five postcards featuring the messages, “Connect”, “Be active”, “Take notice”, “Keep learning” and “Give” are being distributed to key organisations like local councils, suicide prevention networks and other NGOs.

Background

The Healthy Parks Healthy People initiative focuses on the relationship between spending time in nature and better mental health and wellbeing outcomes.

5 Ways to Wellbeing in Nature is based on research from the UK, by the New Economics Foundation.

A number of recent studies have linked spending time in nature to a range of health and mental health benefits, such as lower blood pressure, reduced stress, stronger immune systems and improved productivity.

More information about the campaign is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/5WaystoWellbeing

Quotes attributable to Health Minister Peter Malinauskas

While most people understand the importance of protecting their physical health and take steps to eat well or exercise, many are less aware of the simple actions they can take to protect their mental health and wellbeing.

The 5 Ways to Wellbeing in Nature campaign aims to improve people’s awareness of how to protect and promote their mental health and wellbeing.

The 5 Ways are easy to remember, free, applicable to everyone and provide endless options for activities.

South Australia is proud to be one of the first places in the world to promote nature as the ideal setting for practising the 5 Ways to Wellbeing.

Quotes attributable to Environment Minister Ian Hunter

We know that spending time outdoors in the fresh air can make us feel happier and healthier, and you don’t need to do anything complicated to enjoy the benefits.

It can be as simple as spending half an hour in your local national park and taking a walk, or just relaxing under a tree and listening to the birds sing.

The new 5 Ways to Wellbeing in Nature campaign gives you some easy inspiration to improve your mental wellbeing, like taking that walk, doing something good for the environment like joining a tree planting day, or even learning to grow your own food.