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PaRx: A Prescription for Patient and Planetary Health

Saturday, May 25 | 3:30pm - 4:30pm ADT

Presented by
Dr. Melissa Lem

Nature prescriptions are being written by healthcare professionals across the planet, from Scotland to Japan to the United States. And rightly so: from improved blood pressure and immune function to reduced stress and ADHD symptoms, the evidence is growing about the health benefits of green time. 


In November 2020 the BC Parks Foundation launched PaRx, Canada's national nature prescription program, within British Columbia. Less than two years later it had spread to all ten provinces. Dr. Lem will discuss research highlights from the wide-ranging body of knowledge on nature and health, present an overview of PaRx, including its significant national and international influence, and reveal how prescribing nature can improve both patient and planetary health.


Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to: ​

  • Describe and discuss key points from the current body of research on how connecting patients to nature improves health 

  • Identify key ways to motivate patients to connect to nature, and the wider planetary health benefits 

  • Explain how to integrate nature prescriptions into your own practice

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