Naturally Healthy May

Join in with Naturally Healthy May and Feel Happier and Healthier

May is Devon’s Naturally Healthy month!

Naturally Healthy May is all about getting outside, enjoying the amazing natural environment and feeling happier and healthier for it.

The pandemic has had a huge impact on all our lives, from children and young people to families and adults of all ages. Looking after our physical and mental health is more important than ever and there is clear evidence that being in a natural environment and connecting actively to nature is good for us.

With all the joys of Spring, May is a wonderful month to enjoy the beautiful green and blue spaces, so why not take some time, even if it’s just ten minutes, 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 (DLNP) will be sharing Naturally Healthy ideas and information. We’ll also be encouraging you to get outside safely for either a walk, cycle, some gardening, wild swimming, bird watching or other activity. There really is something for everyone, of all ages. Plus, we will be asking partner organisations to join in through promoting the benefits and possibly running events and activities if coronavirus restrictions allow.

Keep an eye on social media @activedevon @Devon_LNP, and for organisers and participants please inspire others to get Naturally Healthy too by using #NaturallyHealthy #DevonCAN.

You can also check out the Devon-wide Activity Finder to see what’s happening in your local area, and the Natural Devon website for more naturally healthy information and opportunities.

Take Part in the Naturally Healthy Photo Competition

We are excited to announce that this year Active Devon on behalf of the Devon Local Nature Partnership will be hosting a Naturally Healthy photo competition. This will be running from the 1st May 2021 – midnight on the 31st May 2021 and is open to adults (aged over 18 years old) living 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!

The entry process will be done via sharing on social media using the hashtag #NaturallyHealthy or submission by email. Please read the Naturally Healthy May photo competition overview and terms and conditions for full details. We’ll also be sharing information on the Active Devon Facebook page @activedevon.

For children and young people we will be running a separate Naturally Healthy photo competition through #DevonVirtualGames as part of the Summer series.  You can find all the details here, along with the overview and terms and conditions for this separate competition.

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.

Please ensure Naturally Healthy events and activities are COVID safe, and follow the government guidance that’s current at the time of delivery. Any changes to your planned activity should also be reflected in the Activity Finder. If you need support with this please get in touch.

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 DLNP. 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 contact us.

You might also be interested in finding out more about our Connecting Actively to Nature (CAN) programme.

Accessing Open Spaces Safely

We passionately believe that being active is important as ever. However, safety is paramount and it is crucial that everyone follows current government guidance when leaving the home to exercise and accessing open spaces. #StayActiveStaySafe.

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.