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8.03 Outdoor recreation, green space, and natural areas are essential to environmental education and personal well-being – a key to long term sustainability overall.

  1. Found: 49-60 of 60 entries
  2. Health, Well-Being, and Open Space: Literature Review
    2003 - Scotland

    There are 5 key ways in which exposure to the natural environment is beneficial to human health:

    • Enhanced personal and social communication skills.
    • Increased physical health.
    • Enhanced...

  3. A Footprint of Delight: Exploring Sustainable Happiness
    2006 - Canada

    The top ten qualities of "delightful places" were:

    1. a pleasure to walk through,
    2. peaceful,
    3. beautiful,
    4. appealing for children,
    5. lots of visible green space,
    6. appealing for...

  4. Contribution of Public Parks to Physical Activity
    2007 - Canada

    On average, over 2000 individuals were counted in each park, and about two thirds were sedentary when observed. “Public parks are critical resources for physical activity in minority communities....

  5. Multiple impacts of the built environment on public health: Walkable places and the exposure to air
    2005 - USA

    It is not obvious that the air quality and physical activity agendas are perfectly consistent with one another in terms of the built environment recommendations that follow from each. It is...

  6. The significance of parks to physical activity and public health: A conceptual model
    2005 - USA

    ” Future research should focus on how to operationalize specific measures and methodologies for collecting data, as well as measuring associations between individual physical activity levels and...

  7. What can sport do? The True Sport Report
    2008 - Canada

    Canada’s community sport system possesses a unique potential that we have only just begun to explore. The evidence also bears out Canadians’ fundamental belief that realizing this potential is...

  8. Exploring the effect of the environment on physical activity: A study examining walking to work
    2002 - USA

    With the exceptions of visual interest and aesthetics, each neighborhood characteristic contributed significantly to the environment score. The environment score was positively associated with...

  9. Environmental correlates of physical activity: A review of evidence about parks and recreation
    2007 - USA

    Park and recreation agencies exist in many communities and for the future they must be acknowledged for the significant potential they have for promoting healthy living through increased PA.

  10. Neighbourhood Environment Walkability Scale: Validity and development of a short form
    2006 - Netherlands

    The strength of the relationship between environmental attributes and physical activity behavior may be considerably greater than previously noted or suspected. However, even if these associations...

  11. A tale of three greenway trails: User perceptions related to quality of life
    2000 - USA

    In a recent nationwide survey, conducted with state and local officials, the American Institute of Architects found that the availability of parks, and other open spaces, and urban sprawl were...

  12. The Human Relation With Nature and Technological Nature
    2009 - USA

    By adapting gradually to the loss of actual nature and to the increase of technological nature, humans will lower the baseline across generations for what counts as a full measure of the human...

  13. Effects of Outdoor Education Programs for Children in California
    2005 - USA

    Outdoor education has numerous benefits for children: Better aptitude for science: students who attended the outdoor education program significantly raised their math and science scores. Increased...

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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