Want to Get Involved?
Here are some ideas:
1) Join the Mood Walks mailing list to stay up-to-date regarding the project. See the sign-up form in the sidebar.
2) Connect with your local mental health agency to find out if they have a hiking group. If not, let them know you’re interested in forming a group. Encourage them to visit moodwalks.ca and join the mailing list. To find the Ontario agency nearest you, search the Mental Health Helpline. Or find your local CMHA in Ontario using our branch locator.
3) Stay tuned for our upcoming webinar in February 2015, when we will discuss the experiences of Mood Walks groups and share Mood Walks resources.
The Many Benefits of Being Active in Ontario’s Greenspace
Did You Know?
Did you know doctors have been prescribing hikes? Walking in nature has been proven to provide health benefits such as: increased energy and immunity, increased weight loss and fitness, increased Vitamin D production, and reduced risk of diabetes, heart attacks, and cancer.
A daily walk in nature can be as effective in treating mild cases of depression as taking an antidepressant.
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The Nuture of Nature: Natural Settings and Their Mental Health Benefits
Minding Our Bodies literature review, March 2013
Infographic: The Benefits of Nature, Conservation Ontario