With just a few weeks left of beautiful summer weather, the Ontario Government is encouraging people across the province to make the most of it by spending 30 minutes outside in nature every day for the month of August.
The Ontario Park 30x30 Challenge is part of the Healthy Parks Healthy People movement, which encourages residents to reconnect with nature while improving their overall health and well-being.
"The 30x30 Challenge is an excellent way to kickstart a habit that supports a healthy lifestyle," said Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment.
"From taking a walk to going on a bike ride with your family, there are lots of outdoor activities you can take part in this August. I encourage everyone to join me to participate in the challenge and enjoy exploring our many provincial parks and green spaces across Ontario."
According to research conducted by Trent University on participants of last year's 30x30 Challenge, the experience resulted in significant health benefits and an overall boost in mood.
"Spending time in nature can lower the risk of heart attack by 50 per cent, reduce the risk of mental health challenges and help combat chronic disease," as stated in a press release.
Participants are encouraged to share their experience on social media with the hashtags, #HPHP and #30x30challenge.
This initiative is part of the Ontario government's commitment to providing more opportunities to enjoy provincial parks and increase recreational opportunities while protecting the natural environment, as outlined in the Made-In-Ontario Environment Plan.