Signing up for a healthy future

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PROMOTING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE… From left, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) board chair, Adrian Weston, GV Health chair, Rebecca Woolstencroft, Goulburn Broken CMA CEO, Chris Norman and GV Health CEO, Matt Sharp. Photo: Supplied.
PROMOTING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE… From left, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) board chair, Adrian Weston, GV Health chair, Rebecca Woolstencroft, Goulburn Broken CMA CEO, Chris Norman and GV Health CEO, Matt Sharp. Photo: Supplied.

SPENDING time outdoors enjoying nature to promote health and wellbeing is the focus of a Memorandum of Understanding recently signed between GV Health and Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA).

Goulburn Broken CMA board chair, Adrian Weston said, “There is a growing body of scientific evidence that shows spending time outdoors is good for people’s mental and physical health.

“For farmers and community members who help with activities like revegetation or planting days, there’s great satisfaction in providing habitat for wildlife for future generations to enjoy.

“These activities also improve soil and water health and ensure our communities remain productive and vibrant.”

GV Health encourages people to be active and experience nature through programs like Green Prescriptions, a program where health professionals work with patients to promote outdoor physical activity.

GV Health board chair, Rebecca Woolstencroft said, “At GV Health we are committed to making our community a healthier place for people to live and work.

“Participating in outdoor activities improves physical health, which can help prevent many chronic conditions, and increases social inclusion.

“Any efforts to improve people’s overall mental and physical health reduces the cost to the health system and creates stronger, more connected communities.”

The Memorium of Understanding will see the two agencies cross-promote existing initiatives and explore future nature-based health wellbeing opportunities.