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Mood Walks Summit engages people about nature and exercise

March 2, 2017

Rattray Marsh BridgeMore than 70 people attended the Mood Walks Summit to discuss key outcomes from the project and explore new ideas around diversity and inclusion, youth engagement, and campus mental health.

The summit, held Feb. 25 and 26 in Toronto, was an opportunity to share stories, meet new people, and learn more about the connections between mental health, nature, and physical activity.

A pre-conference training opportunity on day one enabled 14 Mood Walks participants to earn their Hike Leader Certification through Hike Ontario. Other attendees took part in a day of interactive workshops on graphic design storytelling, nature-based art, mental health stigma in northern communities and making a “Play for Nature.”

The second day began with an inspiring video message from Sophie Grégoire Trudeau recognizing the value of Mood Walks and getting active outdoors. The summit was held in collaboration with the three project partner organizations – CMHA Ontario, Hike Ontario and Conservation Ontario.

For more information on the day, presentations and photos, please visit

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