Together with many across the country we recognise the seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic and how rapidly the situation is developing. In response to the latest government guidance issued on Monday 16 March 2020, and after much consideration, we have made the decision to postpone our Naturally Healthy May campaign month. More details will follow in due course so please keep checking for updates. You can also read the Active Devon’s Public Statement on the Coronavirus Pandemic here.
Join in with Naturally Healthy May and Feel Happier and Healthier
May 2020 is Naturally Healthy month!
Devon’s natural environment is amazing and offers a variety of ways for us all to be naturally healthy. Naturally Healthy May is all about getting outdoors, enjoying our beautiful surroundings and feeling happier and healthier for it.
Feel the Benefits of Heading Outside and Connecting to Nature
As we get older, we often juggle our time with work and family commitments, or we might have health conditions and limited mobility, all of which can put us off getting outdoors.
Naturally Healthy May is an ideal opportunity to make time and head outside. There is clear evidence that connecting to nature can offer huge benefits to our physical health, mental health and wellbeing.
Be Active Outdoors
Joining in with an activity is a great way to see more of your local area, spend quality time with family, make new friendships or de-stress and energise after work.
Activities could include a ramble with friends, having fun paddling in the sea with your children or grandchildren, walking through the park to work or a coastal walk, cycling, volunteering for a wildlife group, gardening, wild swimming or even beach cleaning. There is something for everyone!
What to Do Throughout May?
Active Devon and the Devon Local Nature Partnership (DLNP) will be sharing lots of fantastic naturally healthy activities, opportunities and events taking place throughout May. To find out what’s happening in your area go to our Get Active page, where you can access our Devon-wide Activity Finder. You can also visit the Natural Devon website for naturally healthy opportunities and ideas for people of all ages to get involved in.
Active Devon and the Devon Local Nature Partnership will also be sharing lots of Naturally Healthy ideas and top tips leading up to and during the Naturally Healthy May campaign via social media @activedevon @Devon_LNP. Organisers and participants are being encouraged to inspire others to get Naturally Healthy by using #naturallyhealthy #DevonCAN.
Upload Your Naturally Healthy May Activity or Event
We are keen to get organisations and groups across Devon to upload their activities to our Activity Finder. If you are delivering Naturally Healthy activities during May and beyond, this is a great way to promote your organisation, your activities and even each individual session you offer. It’s completely free to you and provides an easy way for the people of Devon to find your activities, when they happen and where.
Go to our really useful Provider FAQs to find out all you need to know to promote your activities, using our free A-Z Directory and Activity Finder.
Get Involved With Being Naturally Healthy
Devon’s Naturally Healthy initiative is led by the Devon Local Nature Partnership. It brings together a wide range of partners from health, wellbeing, community and environment sectors to ensure that everyone in Devon is happier and healthier through increased connection to nature. If you are interested in getting involved please get in touch.
You might also be interested in finding out more about our Connecting Actively to Nature (CAN) programme.
Connecting With Nature As A Prescription
“It is not a pill or potion but consider connecting with nature as a prescription. One that works, costs nothing and has no side effects. It is so easy to do, just take that step outside to start with. The most important thing is you enjoy it. Think of it as an opportunity to invest a bit of time in looking after yourself, your family and this place we call home.” Dr James Szymankiewicz, North Devon GP and Chair of the Devon Local Nature Partnership.