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 the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, in partnership with Hike Ontario and Conservation Ontario, Mood Walks provides training and support for community mental health agencies, social service organizations and other community partners to launch educational hiking programs, connect with local resources, find volunteers, and explore nearby trails and green spaces.
Mood Walks promotes both physical and mental health by reducing barriers and creating new opportunities for people to be physically active. All participants receive Safe Hiker training from Hike Ontario and participate in group walks on local hiking trails and at Conservation Areas (including events during the Healthy Hikes campaign, May-October).
Mood Walks is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
Mood Walks for Youth in Transition
Mood Walks for Youth in Transition (2015-2017) builds capacity among community organizations to support youth who are at risk of, or experiencing, mental health issues.
Mood Walks for Older Adults
The Mood Walks pilot project (2013-2015) focused on older adults (50+). During the inaugural 2014 hiking season, new walking groups were launched in 22 communities across Ontario. For more information, read the Evaluation Summary Report.
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Mood Walk Project Manager