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Rooting Nature in Child Health and Education Strategies

Rooting Nature in Child Health and Education Strategies

Habitus is working to promote the experience of nature as a crucial part of community health and education programs.   Ground-up, community-based groups are shaping new pathways to better calibrate daily doses of nature.  Whether it’s Parkbus, a grassroots enterprise working to overcome mobility barriers to reaching our great Canadian landscapes, or Park People, a group pumping the heart...
Working with the BC Centre for Disease Control to promote health equity in the built environment: New Report and Fact Sheet

Working with the BC Centre for Disease Control to promote health equity in the built environment: New Report and Fact Sheet

Structural inequities keep some neighbourhoods “locked in a context of disadvantage”. Health equity means all people have a fair chance to reach their full health potential and are not disadvantaged by social, economic, and environmental conditions. Community design and the services and resources provided within them, directly influence people’s wellbeing.  A commitment to health equity means planning...
Green Divides in Cities are also Health Divides

Green Divides in Cities are also Health Divides

    Tackling health inequalities is a major global health priority, and ensuring equitable access to nature must be part of that strategy.      
Bridging gaps in community connection

Bridging gaps in community connection

Extreme weather events and a growing aging population means we need strong community connections that bring us together when it’s needed the most
Our work with Toronto Public Health and the David Suzuki Foundation leads to call for more green space by Toronto's Medical Officer of Health

Our work with Toronto Public Health and the David Suzuki Foundation leads to call for more green space by Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health

On September 22nd, Toronto’s Board of Health approved a report by the city’s Medical Officer of Health calling for an increase in urban green space to support the physical and mental wellbeing of local residents. The report prioritized green space investment in disadvantaged and historically under-serviced neighbourhoods in the city. Our work on: The Impact of Green Space...
Our work with the David Suzuki Foundation shows how urban green space cuts air pollution and cools cities

Our work with the David Suzuki Foundation shows how urban green space cuts air pollution and cools cities

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Recent events and talks

Recent events and talks

EcoHealth and Climate Change Panel - 2017 ONTARIO CLIMATE SYMPOSIUM, May 11-12, York University, Toronto. Joining a panel to explore the human health impacts of climate change, Tara Zupancic will examine the role of green space to combat heat and air pollution and the need for equitable green space provision for disadvantaged or historically under-served neighbourhoods.         UOIT...
A road to health paved with green interventions

A road to health paved with green interventions

Our systematic examination of almost 15 years of peer reviewed evidence shows that urban green space can support healthier births, reduce morbidity, and decrease stress (see report: Green City: Why Nature Matters to Health – An Evidence Review ).  But it’s community stories, like Tish Carnat’s, that reveal the heart hidden in the science.
Cooler, healthier, more equitable cities?

Cooler, healthier, more equitable cities?

Unprecedented urban growth has intensified extreme heat and air pollution, and the health risks that go with them.  Green spaces have a natural capacity to provide fresh air, reduce ground temperatures, cool urban air and provide relief from heat stress.