PaRx is an initiative of the BC Parks Foundation, driven by health-care professionals who want to improve their patients’ health by connecting them to nature. Featuring practical resources like quick tips and patient handouts, its goal is to make prescribing time in nature simple, fun and effective.
Each prescriber who registers with PaRx will receive a nature prescription file customized with a unique provider code, and instructions for how to prescribe and log nature prescriptions.
Parks Prescriptions began as a grassroots movement in the United States over a decade ago, and have now spread to countries around the world. We are proud to be Canada’s first national, evidence-based nature prescription program.
Dr. Melissa Lem is a Vancouver family physician who also works in rural and northern communities within Canada. Also President-elect of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, she is a long-time advocate for the health benefits of nature and ecosystem conservation. A widely published writer, she was the resident medical expert on CBC TV’s hit lifestyle show Steven and Chris for four seasons and continues to appear on air as a regular contributor to CBC Radio and CTV News. Dr. Lem was a 2020 Joule Innovation Grant recipient, a 2021 World Parks Week Ambassador, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.
Healthy by Nature Program Coordinator
Technical Product Manager
PaRx is grateful to UBC medical students Jennifer Brazeau, Mitchell Figura, Ola Lemanowicz, Peter Singh and Xuan Zhao for their work to create evidence-based resources for PaRx, science educator Jennie McCaffrey for her valuable contributions, and Emma Griggs for her work as web developer.
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