Annual challenge encourages Ontarians to spend 30 minutes a day in nature for the
month of August
Toronto, August 1, 2019 - The Ontario Government is encouraging people all across
the province to join the
Ontario Parks 30x30 Challenge and spend 30 minutes outside in nature every
day for the month of August to improve their health and well-being, as part of the
Healthy Parks Healthy People movement.
"Spending time in nature has a significant positive impact on our health and happiness,"
said Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. "The 30x30
Challenge is an excellent way to kickstart a habit that supports a healthy lifestyle.
From taking a walk to going on a bike ride with your family, there are lots of outdoor
activities you can take part in this August. I encourage everyone to join me to
participate in the challenge and enjoy exploring our many provincial parks and green
spaces across Ontario."
Researchers at Trent University surveyed participants in last year's 30x30 Challenge
to find out more about the health benefits of spending time in nature. After completing
the challenge, they reported significantly improved health benefits, including an
overall boost in their mood.
Ontario is working to provide people with more opportunities to enjoy provincial
parks and increase recreational opportunities while protecting the natural environment,
as committed to in the
Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan.
- The 30x30 Challenge is part of the Healthy Parks Healthy People movement to inspire
individuals to reconnect with nature while improving their health and mental well-being.
- Spending time in nature can lower the risk of heart attack by 50 per cent, reduce
the risk of mental health challenges and help combat chronic disease.
Ontario Parks Blog and
YouTube channel have lots of ideas of what you can do for your 30x30 Challenge.
- You can share how you're taking part in the challenge on social media using #HPHP