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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. [English] 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. [English] 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....

  4. [English] 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...

  5. [English] The role of urban parks for the sustainable city
    2004 - Netherlands

    The experience of nature in urban environment is a source of positive feelings and beneficial services, which fulfill important immaterial and non-consumptive human needs.

  6. [English] 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...

  7. [English] Perceived environment and physical activity: A meta-analysis of selected environmental characteristi
    2005 - Canada

    People living in a particular environment can be influenced by that setting. Favorable alterations to communities may produce small changes in behaviors of entire populations .

  8. [English] 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...

  9. [English] 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. [English] The challenges of evaluating environmental interventions to increase population levels of physical a
    2005 - England

    Environmental interventions that support regular physical activity are likely to contribute to improving public health. The UK National Cycle Network represents the UK’s largest such environmental...

  11. [English] 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. [English] Urban environmental quality and human well-being: Towards a conceptual framework and demarcation of
    2003 - Netherlands

    The construction of a multidisciplinary conceptual framework that goes beyond individual disciplinary differences is deemed necessary to further the field. Such a model is potentially of interest...

  13. [English] Art and Wellbeing: A Guide to the Connections between Community Cultural Development and Health, Eco
    2004 - Australia

    Direct involvement by communities in arts activity can contribute significantly to individual and community wellbeing and can enhance the efforts of government agencies in realizing their policies...

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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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