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6.01 Fitness and well-being reduce the incidence and severity of illness and disability – lowering healthcare costs

  1. Found: 1-12 of 58 entries
  2. $4.9 Billion Decrease in Health Care Expenditure in Ontario
    2016 - Canada

    A considerable reduction in health care expenditure over a 10-year period has been achieved through changes in health behaviours (smoking, alcohol, diet and physical activity). 

  3. ‘The economic burden of physical inactivity in Canada’
    2000 - Canada

    About $2.1 billion, or 2.5% of the total direct health care costs in Canada, were attributable to physical inactivity in 1999.  A 10% reduction in the prevalence of physical inactivity has the...

  4. 1998 Arctic Winter Games - Economic Impact
    1998 - Canada

    The 1998 AWG resulted in ‘autonomous spending’ of approximately $3.385 million in the Territorial economy and "direct autonomous spending’ in the Yellowknife economy of approximately $3.679...

  5. A Healthy Dose of Green
    2012 - Canada

    A relatively modest investment in trees and forests can reap great rewards by reducing long term health care costs and increasing the health, well-being and productivity of current and future...

  6. Active Transportation for America: The Case for Increased Federal Investment in Bicycling and Walkin
    2008 - USA

    By making bicycling and walking—or “active transportation”—viable options for everyday travel, we can cost-effectively improve our mobility, protect our climate, enhance energy security and improve...

  7. Associations between recreational exercise and chronic pain in the general population: Evidence from
    2011 - Norway

    Recreational exercise is associated with a lower prevalence of chronic pain in the general population.

  8. Blue Sky Green Space
    2011 - England

    The benefits of green space provide a very cost effective means of promoting health and well-being, as well as a mechanism for increasing community and citizen involvement in volunteering.

  9. Can Green Space and Biodiversity Increase Levels of Physical Activity?
    2004 - England

    It is possible to estimate the potential economic benefits that green space can provide through provision of physical activity. The estimations are based on an urban park providing 20% of total...

  10. Changes in Leisure-Time Physical Activity and Subsequent Sickness Absence in Middle-Aged Employees
    2012 - Finland

    Adapting or remaining vigorously active reduces the risk of both short and long-term sickness absence. 

  11. Childhood physical activity may lead to stronger adult knee joint health
    2012 - New Zealand

    Being more physically active and fit in childhood is linked to greater knee cartilage and tibial bone health in adulthood and can reduce the likelihood of developing osteoarthritis.

     

  12. Claiming the Health Dividend: Value for Money Estimates of Investment in Walking and Cycling
    2014 - England

    This report summarizes the latest findings in studies that looked at benefit-to-cost ratios of investments in walking and cycling which are considered to be around 5:1. 

  13. Co-benefits of Designing Communities for Active Living
    2015 - USA

    Designing communities that support physical activity is likely to produce a wide variety of additional benefits, ranging from mental health to environmental sustainability and economics.

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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