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8.07 Parks, trails, and natural areas are essential to overall good health, quality of life and well-being

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  2. Urban Forests: The Value of Trees in the City of Toronto
    2014 - Canada

    An investment in urban forests is an investment in the overall economic and environmental well-being of urban society. 

  3. How Much Neighborhood Parks Contribute to Local Residents’ Physical Activity
    2014 - USA

    Neighborhood parks contribute substantially to population-level, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, particularly for males, teenagers, and residents living within a half mile.

  4. Residential Greenness and Birth Outcomes: Evaluating Correlated Built-Environment Factors
    2014 - Canada

    Increased residential greenness is associated with higher term birth weight and less likelihood of lower birth weight or preterm birth.

  5. The effect of urban green on small-area (healthy) life expectancy
    2014 - Netherlands

    The percieved quality and quantity of urban green are positively associated with small-area life expectancy and healthy life expectancy. 

  6. Green spaces and adverse pregnancy outcomes
    2014 - Israel

    Close proximity to green spaces during pregnancy is significantly associated with higher birth weight and with a decreased risk of low birth weight, with stronger associations between those of...

  7. Quantifying the contribution of neighborhood parks to physical activity
    2013 - USA

    Parks play a significant role in supporting vigorous physical activity (VPA) and a modest role in MVPA among people living within 1.0 miles of a park.

  8. Children With Attention Deficits Concentrate Better After Walk in the Park
    2008 - USA

    “Doses of nature” can enhance attention to manage ADHD symptoms in children.

  9. The Cognitive Benefits of Interacting With Nature
    2008 - USA

    Simple and brief interactions with nature can produce marked increases in cognitive control.

  10. A study of community design, greenness, and physical activity in children
    2012 - USA

    Children who were exposed to green spaces for more than 20 minutes a day engaged in nearly five times the daily rate of moderate to vigorous physical activity. Greenness exposure is positively...

  11. Neighborhood Park Use by Children: Use of Accelerometry and Global Positioning Systems
    2014 - USA

    Children’s use of neighborhood parks increased substantially when parks were closer to their homes and had greater vegetation density.

  12. Longitudinal Effects on Mental Health of Moving to Greener and Less Green Urban Areas
    2013 - England

    Living in greener urban areas improves mental health.

  13. Health, Prosperity and Sustainability: The Case for Green Infrastructure in Ontario
    2013 - Canada

    This report provides the Government of Ontario with a strong rationale for improved green infrastructure policy and investment.
    It presents six recommendations for the provincial government to...

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

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  • Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRAA)

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