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About

Learn more about PaRx.

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.

Key Staff

Dr. Melissa Lem, MD, CCFP, FCFP

PaRx Director

Dr. Melissa Lem is a Vancouver family physician who also works in rural and northern communities within Canada. President-elect of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, she has been researching, writing and speaking about the nature-health connection for over a decade. 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 CTV News. Dr. Lem is a 2020 Joule Innovation Grant recipient and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.
Prama Rahman, MA

Healthy by Nature Program Coordinator

Prama Rahman is the Healthy By Nature Program Coordinator for the BC Parks Foundation, and has supported PaRx since 2019. Prama has an academic background in International Relations and English Literature. Her research interests include international organizations, development, global health, and the role of language and narratives in public policy. Most recently, she completed an MA in International Studies where her research focused on exploring international cooperation during global health crises. Prama enjoys creating art inspired by nature and landscapes.

Partners and Endorsers

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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Why Nature

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