Category Publications

Who isn’t visiting natural environments and why?

Encouraging people to go out into natural environments is fast becoming a key facet of public health promotion. To devise effective strategies to meet this aim we need to know who is not visiting natural environments and why that might be. New research from ECEHH using Natural England’s MENE dataset has explored these questions. The […]

Dog owners in greener areas more likley to report meeting physical activity guidelines than non-dog owners

Syntheses of previous research have failed to identify a clear relationship between the presence and availability of neighbourhood greenspace and rates of physical activity. Some studies show a positive relationship, others find no or even negative relationships. Mat White and colleagues at ECEHH have published research using Natural England’s Monitor of Engagement with the Natural […]

Are some natural environments more psychologically beneficial than others? New findings.

A new paper published by Mat White and colleagues in the journal Environment and Behavior has found that some protected and designated environments are associated with greater restoration and connectedness to nature than their equivalent non-designated environments. The authors analysed a sample of Natural England’s Monitor of Engagement with the Natural environment dataset and found […]

Health benefits of outdoor blue spaces

Mat White and colleagues working on the BlueHealth study have found positive associations between expsure to outdoor blue spaces and mental health and physical activity outcomes. Whilst the evidence base for the benefits of natural environments is relatively well established, less is known about the specific benefits of blue spaces. Blue spaces are ‘outdoor environments – […]

Foresight Future of the Sea report on health and wellbeing of coastal communities

ECEHH has has published a new review focusing on the health and wellbeing of coastal communties for the UK Government’s Foresight programme. Foresight projects produce evidence for policy-makers to help them make policies that are more resilient to the future. ECEHH’s report contributes to the Foresight ‘Future of the Seas’ programme. The Future of the […]

Do we know enough about how to deliver social prescribing? BMJ opinion blog

Kerryn Husk, previously of ECEHH and now at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry PenCLAHRC, has written a blog about our Social Prescribing review for the British Medical Journal (BMJ). In the blog Kerryn argues that despite the increasing interest in the use of Social Prescribing (also known as community referral) “the evidence […]

WHO release action brief on urban green space

The WHO Regional Office for Europe has released today a brief for action on urban green spaces. Ben and our green space colleague Anne Cleary worked with WHO on developing this brief. The brief was launched at the European Conference on Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change in Bonn (Becca is leading a […]