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Macro-Linkages between Health and Outdoor Recreation: The Role of Parks and Recreation Providers

Key Message

Park and recreation providers in Oregon can play a significant role in the health and wellbeing of Oregon’s residents by providing outdoor recreation infrastructure such as trails and sports facilities.

Source

Rosenberger, Randall S., Bergerson Terry R., & Kline, Jeffrey D. (2009). Macro-Linkages between Health and Outdoor Recreation: The Role of Parks and Recreation Providers. Journal Of Parks and Recreation Administration, 27(3), Fall 2009, 8-20.

Purpose

Physical inactivity, overweight, and obesity are growing national concerns owing to their associations with chronic diseases and overall well-being. Parks and recreation providers play a pivotal role in addressing these public health issues by providing the public with infrastructure that enables outdoor physical activity. The purpose of this study is to measure the direct and indirect relationships among aggregate-level data reflecting health status indicators, and recreation supply and demand.

Evidence

Multivariate regression analyses of aggregate, county-level data in Oregon show that the prevalence of hiking and urban trails is associated with higher proportions of physically active adults. The models also show that counties in which people are more engaged in nonmotorized trail-related activities, road and street activities (e.g., walking, jogging, biking), and other outdoor sports, overall physical activity proportions are higher. The results suggest that park and recreation providers in Oregon can play a significant role in the health and wellbeing of Oregon’s residents by providing outdoor recreation infrastructure such as trails and sports facilities.

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Benefit Statements / Outcomes

Leadership Provided By:

  • Leisure Information Network (LIN)
  • Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

On Behalf Of:

  • Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRAA)

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