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Mood Walks Summit aims to grow program

February 16, 2017

Mood Walks Summit 2017Mood Walks is holding a one-day knowledge exchange and networking summit to explore connections between mental health, physical activity and being in nature.

The Mood Walks Summit at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto on Feb. 26 will present key outcomes from the recent Youth in Transition project and enable dialogue among program leaders, youth participants and community partners. The event will include panel presentations on diversity and inclusion, youth engagement, and campus mental health, as well as storytelling and outdoor physical activity breaks on the waterfront.

Mood Walks is a province-wide initiative that promotes physical activity in nature, or “green exercise,” as a way to improve both physical and mental health. Led by CMHA Ontario, in partnership with Hike Ontario and Conservation Ontario, Mood Walks provides training and support for community mental health agencies and other organizations to launch educational hiking programs, connect with community partners, and explore nearby trails and green spaces.

In 2016, the Mood Walks for Youth in Transition project supported 41 organizations across Ontario to launch new hiking groups for youth who are at risk of, or experiencing, mental health issues.

For more information about the summit or to register, visit the Mood Walks website.

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