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Join in with Naturally Healthy October and Feel Happier and Healthier

We are pleased to announce that this year October 2020 is Naturally Healthy month!

Traditionally Naturally Healthy happens in May. However, because of COVID-19 we had to postpone Naturally Healthy May. So, this year we will be running the campaign throughout October.

Feel the Benefits of Heading Outside and Connecting to Nature

Now more than ever we recognise the importance of accessing outdoor spaces and connecting to nature.

Being Naturally Healthy is all about getting outside and enjoying Devon’s amazing natural environment, and feeling happier and healthier for it.

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 this can put us off getting outdoors.

Naturally Healthy October 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

Being active outdoors is a great way to see more of your local area, spend quality time with family or friends, or de-stress and energise after work.
Devon’s natural environment offers a variety of ways for us all to be Naturally Healthy. Activities could include walking, cycling, gardening, wild swimming or even bird watching. There is something for everyone!

What to Do Throughout October?

During October Active Devon and Devon County Council on behalf of the Devon Local Nature Partnership (DLNP) will be sharing lots of Naturally Healthy ideas and top tips. Plus, activities for you and family members or friends of all ages to join in with. Keep an eye on social media @activedevon @Devon_LNP. Organisers and participants are being encouraged to inspire others to get Naturally Healthy by using #naturallyhealthy #DevonCAN.

Please also check out our Get Active page, where you can access our Devon-wide Activity Finder. And the Natural Devon website for more naturally healthy opportunities and ideas.

Upload Your Naturally Healthy October 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 October, 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.

Accessing Green 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.

See here for more Guidance on Being Active. And for further advice visit Get Active Outdoors. #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 Chair of the Devon Local Nature Partnership.