Obesity and diabetes are soaring at shocking rates and the NHS is spending £9bn a year on tackling health issues like these that are linked to physical inactivity. Multiple reputable studies show that exercise can help to prevent these health issues and several reports show that taking exercise outdoors is more beneficial that exercising indoors. Even relatively small increases in physical activity are associated with some protection against chronic diseases and an improved quality of life.
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The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare is delighted to announce the start of a new project with the Canal & River Trust, the charity which cares for 2,000 miles of waterway in England and Wales. This will involve designing pilot studies to measure the mental health benefits for people using waterways. The project will include a literature review of existing research and CSH will collaborate with specialist researchers to assess potential methodologies and understand research gaps.
As part of a national programme of workshops run by The Centre for Sustainble Healthcare and Ecosystem's Knowledge Network's we are pleased to bring you a workshop on the 25th November in conjunction with the South Penine LNP, bringing together healthcare professionals in Bradford and Airedale Districts and leaders of green space projects. The aim is to encourage more people to use green space projects to improve their health.File upload:
University Hospital Birmingham has won numerous awards at Britain in Bloom's award ceremony on Saturday. They won Gold and large city category winner and won the best result in the competition.
One of the quotes from the judges which opitimises our NHS Forest sites is :
"The health for life programme at Queen Elizabeth hospital was impressive and gives a clear indication that communities working together do make a big difference. This is a true partnership, working with the authority, NHS and volunteers ".
We certainly had a fantastic day at the NHS Forest Conference, it was great to see so many health and green space professionals in one place having some lively discussions and developing partnerships. We are hugely grateful to University Hospital Birmingham for hosting the event and providing us with an inspiring tour of their site and all the work they have done there. Lots of ideas have been generated!
We are getting really excited about the NHS Forest conference next Monday, 28th September. The programme is full of interesting presentations from Gloucestershire Care and Public Health England and we are really looking forward to finding out more about the great work that University Hospital, Birmingham has done with their green space and revealing the NHS Forest award winners!
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CSH, in conjunction with the Ecosystems Knowledge Network and Cambridgeshire Nature Partnership, ran a really successful workshop bringing together healthcare professionals in Cambridgeshire and leaders of green space projects. The aim was to encourage more people to use green space projects to improve their health.File upload:
As part of our annual NHS Forest conference on the 28th September 2015 at University Hospital, Birmingham, we are celebrating the achievements of our NHS Forest sites through the NHS Forest awards. This year we are accepting applications for:
• Most Innovative Award
• Best Community Engagement
• Most Pioneering Use of Green Space by Health Professional
Please note that the deadline for submission is Friday 11th September.
Come to our conference on September 28th, 2015 at University Hospital, Birmingham. The theme is increasing the value of Health and Wellbeing in your green space and we will be showcasing and sharing best practice in this area through presentations and workshops. Our hosts are University Hospital, Birmingham, who will be showing us around their fantastic orchard and community garden in the afternoon. The cost is a very reasonable £30. We look forward to welcoming all sectors of healthcare. We will also be presenting five awards.File upload: