Two colleagues enjoying a walk through a local park

Join in with Naturally Healthy May and Feel Happier and Healthier

May is Devon’s Naturally Healthy month!

Naturally Healthy May is about us all getting outside and connecting with nature to feel happier and healthier.

In our modern, hectic world looking after our physical and mental health is more important than ever and there is growing evidence that harnessing the power of nature and physical activity can improve our health and wellbeing.

Being ‘Naturally Healthy’ offers us a chance to spend time with friends and family, learn new skills, meet new people and increase activity levels in a safe and supportive way. Regardless of age or fitness there is something for everyone.

With all the joys of Spring, May is a wonderful month to enjoy the amazing natural environment, and we are fortunate to have so many green and blue spaces in Devon to explore. So, whether it’s going for a walk in the woods, riding your bike through the countryside, gardening or having a picnic in the park, why not take some time to invest in yourself and connect actively with nature.

Sharing Naturally Healthy Ideas

Throughout May Active Devon and Devon County Council on behalf of the Devon Local Nature Partnership (Devon LNP) will be sharing #NaturallyHealthyMay ideas and information. Plus, we will be asking partner organisations to join in through promoting the benefits and running events and activities.

Keep an eye on social media @activedevon @DevonLNP, and for organisers and participants please inspire others to get Naturally Healthy too.

You can also check out the Devon-wide Activity Finder to see what events and activities are happening in your local area, and the Devon Local Nature Partnership website for more naturally healthy information and opportunities.

Take Part in the Naturally Healthy May 2022 Photo Competition

We are excited to announce that Active Devon on behalf of the Devon LNP will once again be hosting a Naturally Healthy photo competition. This will be running from the 1st May 2022 – midnight on the 31st May 2022 and is open to children and adults residing in Devon.

The competition offers the opportunity for you to explore and value the local natural environment, take some amazing photographs with your phone or camera, and submit them for a chance to win a great prize!

For full competition details, please read the Photo Competition Overview and Terms and Conditions.

When you are ready to enter please click on the Entry Form link below. Good Luck!

Upload Your Naturally Healthy May Activity or Event

If you are delivering a Naturally Healthy activity or event we encourage you to upload it to the Activity Finder. 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. To help you get started take a look at these really useful FAQs.

If your event is funded from the Naturally Healthy activation fund then uploading your event to the Activity Finder is a requirement of the funding.

Get Involved with Naturally Healthy Month

Naturally Healthy month is part of Devon’s Naturally Healthy initiative, led by Active Devon and Devon County Council on behalf of the Devon LNP. It brings together a wide range of partners from the 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 contact us.

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 member of the Devon Local Nature Partnership.