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 and enjoying our beautiful surroundings 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 that can put us off getting outdoors. May is an ideal opportunity to make some time for yourself and connect to nature and there is clear evidence that this offers huge benefits to our physical health, mental health and wellbeing.
Joining in with new activities outdoors is a great way to…
See more of your local area
Make new friendships
Spend quality time with family
Destress and energise after work
Activities could include a ramble with friends, having fun paddling in the sea with your grandparents or grandchildren, walking through the park to work, volunteering for a wildlife group, gardening, wild swimming, beach cleaning…there is something for everyone!
“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.
Across Devon there are a range of organisations who can provide you with information on events happening throughout May including free and easy ways to enjoy being in the fresh air, hearing the birds sing and taking in the amazing scenery and stunning views.
Visit naturaldevon.org.uk/naturallyhealthymonth for opportunities to try something new and get involved in your local area.
Devon’s Naturally Healthy initiative is led by 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 in Naturally Healthy May please contact email@example.com or Kirstie.Pritchard@devon.gov.uk.