PaRx and nature prescribing in Canada

When:  Nov 9, 2021 from 20:00 to 21:00 (CT)
Nature prescriptions were named one of the top eight global wellness trends in 2019. And it's no surprise—research shows that people who spend more time in nature are happier and healthier. One year ago the BC Parks Foundation launched PaRx, Canada's first national, evidence-based nature prescription program in BC. Today, over 1,000 prescribers in four provinces are prescribing nature to their patients to improve personal and planetary health.

Join us for an engaging talk on how we made it happen in Canada and why spending time in nature is one of the best things you can do for your health at any age. 

Anna_Cooper_Reed_headshot_125_px.pngAnna C. Reed BSW MSW
MB PaRx Launch Coordinator

Anna is a PhD student at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and holds a Master of Social Work, from the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. Anna has practiced social work in the community, long-term care, and hospital, predominantly working with older adults. She is currently a Research Associate at the Bruyère Research Institute. In her role at Bruyère, Anna is currently working as part of the research team led by Dr. Amy Hsu on the COVID-19 Immunity Study, where she is leading an environmental scan exploring COVID-19 vaccine education in long-term care. Anna is also the co-founder and past president of the Emerging Leaders for Environmental Sustainability in Healthcare. Anna co-led the launch of PaRx in Manitoba and continues to be an advocate for nature prescribing and planetary health.

Angie_Woodbury_125_px.pngAngie Woodbury BSc MD Candidate
MB PaRx Launch Coordinator

Angie is a 4th year medical student at the Max Rady College of Medicine at The University of Manitoba. For the past year, she's been involved with the Canadian Federation of Medical Students HEART Network (Heath and Environmental Response Task Force). They are a group of medical students advocating for incorporation of planetary health into medical curricula and raising awareness about the link between climate change and health. Planetary health is one of her passions and Angie is particularly interested in the relation between environment and child health outcomes.