TORONTO, Feb. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, at the Ontario Forestry
Association's 63rd Annual Conference, Trees Ontario presented a paper entitled A Healthy Dose of Green: A prescription for a healthy population.
A Healthy Dose of Green highlights the direct links between the natural environment -
especially trees and forests - and human health. These links include
the physical, physiological, and rehabilitation benefits of forest
environments, the physical activities they promote, and the many
ecosystem services they provide.
"This paper provides an excellent overview and a unique perspective on
ways by which changes in our environment may lead to improved health
and well-being," said Dr. John McLaughlin, Senior Investigator at the
Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, and Professor in the Dalla Lana
School of Public Health in Toronto. "Trees Ontario is to be
congratulated for its summary of scientific literature, which begins a
much needed cross-sectoral dialogue on the how forests and the greening
of communities can contribute to better health."
"The paper aims to draw attention to the existing body of research by
scientists and highlights the restorative effects of trees and
forests," said Rob Keen, Trees Ontario CEO. "It offers recommendations
to address the degradation of our natural environment through increased
awareness, conservation and enhancement efforts."
Forests and green spaces have been linked to a significant decline in
asthma, heart disease, diabetes, stress and certain childhood
illnesses, as well as improved rehabilitation and faster hospital
This year, the theme of OFA's annual conference is Healthy Forests for
Healthy People. "It is important that we understand the effects of our
natural environment on our personal health. Our aim was to draw
attention to these effects so that proactive health promotion
strategies could be developed," said Tracy Smith, Executive Director of
the Ontario Forestry Association.
"Trees are good for our health," added Keen. "They replenish our oxygen,
filter out air pollution, protect our drinking water supplies, and help
cool our cities and towns."
Download the report or click here to view the video or download images
from the conference. http://www.treesontario.ca/files/Healthy_Dose_of_Green_Publication.pdf
About Trees Ontario
Trees Ontario is a not-for-profit tree planting partnership. Our goal is
to increase support to plant 10 million trees per year across the
province, thereby promoting better health and wellness for all
Ontarians. For more information, please visit www.treesontario.ca.
Image with caption: "Rob Keen, CEO, Trees Ontario, launches A Healthy Dose of Green at the 63rd Annual OFA Conference (CNW Group/Trees Ontario)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120210_C3196_PHOTO_EN_9996.jpg
Image with caption: "Trees Ontario's paper explores the links between our forests and human health (CNW Group/Trees Ontario)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120210_C3196_PHOTO_EN_9997.jpg
Video with caption: "Trees Ontario launches A Healthy Dose of Green". Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20120210_C3196_VIDEO_EN_10006.mp4&posterurl=http://photos.newswire.ca/images/20120210_C3196_PHOTO_EN_10006.jpg&clientName=Trees%20Ontario&caption=Trees%20Ontario%20launches%20A%20Healthy%20Dose%20of%20Green&title=TREES%20ONTARIO%20%2D%20Release%20of%20Trees%20Ontario%20Health%20Paper%20A%20Healthy%20Dose%20of%20Green%3A%20A%20prescription%20for%20a%20healthy%20population&headline=Release%20of%20Trees%20Ontario%20Health%20Paper%20A%20Healthy%20Dose%20of%20Green%3A%20A%20prescription%20for%20a%20healthy%20population
SOURCE Trees Ontario
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