Join in with Naturally Healthy May!

Naturally Healthy May is part of Devon’s Naturally Healthy initiative, led by Active Devon and Devon County Council on behalf of the Local Nature Partnership. It brings together a wide range of partners from the health, wellbeing, community, and environment sectors to ensure everyone in Devon is happier and healthier through increased connections to nature. This focus this month is all about encouraging us all to take time to explore and enjoy our amazing natural surroundings – we are lucky that in Devon we don’t have to travel far to find them, with plenty of green spaces, countryside, moorland, and coastline in our beautiful county.

Connecting to nature can be a good distraction from day-to-day work, school, exams, and the general busyness of everyday life. There is growing evidence that the power of nature can have positive impacts on our wellbeing, helping us to feel revived and relaxed, and supporting our mental health by reducing stress and anxiety levels. There is something for everyone when it comes to enjoying and making the most of what our landscape and environment has to offer. You can find out what is available near you by visiting www.devonconnect.org, and also find ideas of how to mindfully connect with nature by catching up on these webinars, which include ideas such as what birds, trees, and wildflowers you can look out for in Devon. Combining the outdoors with movement has extra benefits, and there are many different ways to connect actively with nature, such as going for a walk or stroll, gardening, going for a bike ride, or perhaps some wild swimming! There might also be simple everyday things that we can do and incorporate into our everyday routines to increase the time we spend outdoors.

What can we do in school?

With a busy school day it can be hard to think of adding more in, here are some ideas to think about to get involved with Naturally Healthy May:

  • try leaving the car behind and walking, wheeling, or cycling all or some of the journey to school
  • setup a ‘walking bus’ to and from school
  • get involved with Walk to School Week 20th – 24th May
  • get involved with National Children’s Gardening Week 25th May – 2nd June
  • on dry days, are there any lessons that could be taken outside?
  • join in with The Daily Mile

Keep an eye on Active Devon and the Local Nature Partnership, who will be sharing Naturally Healthy May ideas throughout the month. For more information and signposting you can also find information on Devon Schools Wellbeing Partnership: Being Active. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or email us at dswp@devon.gov.uk.

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