Healthy ecosystems are essential for human health and survival. We all depend on clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, healthy food supplies, green spaces for recreation, and contact with wildlife to enrich our lives. There is growing evidence that we gain specific physical and mental health benefits from living in clean, healthy ecosystems and from having access to natural areas and biodiversity.
EcoHealth Ontario (EHO) is a collaborative of professionals in the fields of public health, medicine, education, planning and the environment. We are working together to increase our understanding of the relationships between environment and health with the aim of finding ways to increase the quality and diversity of the urban and rural spaces in which we live.
EcoHealth Ontario gratefully acknowledges the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Forests Ontario, and our steering committee members for their generous support of our work.
What's in a Greenspace that Makes Us Feel So Good?
This poster was developed by EcoHealth Ontario to highlight some of the key relationships between natural environments and human health. It outlines the benefits of greenspace to health and wellbeing and focuses attention on the actions that professionals in diverse sectors can take to make these benefits a reality through their work. It is based on a poster presented at The Ontario Public Health Convention in April 2016 that focused more specifically on the roles of public health professionals. A PDF version of this folder can be downloaded here.