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  2. Leisure Exercise Reduces Heart Disease by 25% for Younger Women
    2016 - USA

    Younger women who exercise just 2.5 hours a week may cut their risk for heart disease by up to 25 percent. 

  3. Mental Health Benefits of Outdoor Adventures
    2016 - Germany

    Experiences in nature can increase self-efficacy, mindfulness and subjective well-being, and may reduce feelings of time pressure and mental stress in youths and young adults. 

  4. Health Benefits from Nature Experiences Depend on Dose
    2016 - Australia

    Up to 7% of depression cases and 9% of high blood pressure cases could be prevented if all city residents were to visit green spaces at least once a week for an average duration of 30 minutes or...

  5. Student Outcomes and Natural Schooling
    2016 - England

    Outdoor learning has a positive impact on children's behaviour, social skills, health and wellbeing, resilience, confidence and sense of place.

  6. Better Health for Children with Type 1 Diabetes with Just 1,000 Extra Steps a Day
    2016 - Australia

    Even a small increase in physical activity relates to better cardiovascular structure and risk factors. 

  7. Making Art Reduces Stress Hormones
    2016 - USA

    Whether you’re a Rembrandt or can just about manage to draw a stick figure, creating art can help to reduce cortisol levels. 

  8. Recreation and the Quality of Life in Saskatchewan Survey
    2016 - Canada

    Personal and community benefits of parks and recreation are leading factors by which people in Saskatchewan measure and assess their happiness and quality of life.

  9. Gardens and Health
    2016 - England

    Gardens are intimately connected to our health and wellbeing across the life-course. 

  10. Living in Cities, Naturally
    2016 - USA

    Cities designed well, with nature in mind and at hand, can be understood as natural, supportive of both ecosystem integrity and public health.

  11. Exercise-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation for Coronary Heart Disease
    2016 - England

    This study confirms that exercise-based cardiac reabilitation reduces cardiovascular mortality and provides data showing reductions in hospital admissions and improvements in quality of life. 

  12. Leisure-Time Physical Activity Lowers the Risk of 13 Types of Cancer
    2016 - USA

    Leisure-time physical activity was associated with lower risks of many cancer types, regardless of body size or smoking history. 

  13. Cycling and Walking are Healthy Even in Polluted Cities
    2016 - England

    Physical activity benefits of active travel outweighed the harm caused by air pollution in all but the most extreme air pollution concentrations.

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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