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1.08 Leisure activities and parks contribute to mental health and well-being – reducing stress and depression. (recreation, fitness, sport, active living, arts, culture, parks, and greenspace/infrastructure)

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  2. Long-term effects of exercise at different intensity levels on depression
    Sweden

    Light and vigorous exercise results in lower depression severity than moderate exercise.

  3. Health benefits of tai chi What is the evidence?
    2016 - Canada

    There is abundant evidence on the health and fitness effects of tai chi.

  4. Effects of PA on fatigue & cognitive performance in breast cancer survivors
    2017 - USA

    MVPA may be associated with greater executive function and working memory in BCSs. Further, this effect may be partially indirect through cancer-related symptoms (e.g., fatigue). Results emphasize...

  5. Effects of aerobic exercise on brain metabolism & grey matter in older adults
    2017 - Germany

    Stable choline concentrations in the intervention group over the 3 month period might indicate a neuroprotective effect of aerobic exercise. Choline might constitute a valid marker for an effect of...

  6. MPA Associated with Cerebral Glucose Metabolism in Adults
    USA

    People at risk for Alzheimer's disease who do more moderate-intensity physical activity, but not light-intensity physical activity, are more likely to have healthy patterns of glucose metabolism in...

  7. Moderators of Exercise Effects on Depressive Symptoms in Multiple Sclerosis: A Meta-regression
    2017 - USA

    Exercise significantly improves depressive symptoms among people with multiple sclerosis.

  8. Gardening is Beneficial for Health
    2017 - Japan

    Gardening provides a wide range of health outcomes, such as reductions in depression, anxiety, and body mass index, as well as increases in life satisfaction, quality of life, and sense of...

  9. Guide and Scout Participation, Childhood Social Position and Mental Health at Age 50
    2017 - Scotland

    Youth programmes that support resilience and social mobility through developing the potential for self-reliance and collaboration in natural environments may be protective of mental health in...

  10. Benefits of Physical Exercise in Postmenopausal Women
    2016 - Spain

    Exercise improves physical function and balance, corrects disability, prevents muscle loss, and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and dementia in middle-aged women. 

  11. Running Repairs Neurodegenerative Disease in Animal Brain
    2016 - Canada

    Canadian researchers discovered that a molecule triggered by running can help repair certain kinds of brain damage in animal models.

  12. Recreational Physical Activity in Natural Environments and Implications for Health
    2016 - England

    The study estimated that more than eight million adults in England engage in green exercise each week, resulting in over 1.3 billion green exercise visits a year.

  13. Exercise Improves Cognitive Functioning in People With Schizophrenia
    2016 - England

    This meta-analysis provides evidence that exercise can improve cognitive functioning among people with schizophrenia, particularly from interventions using higher dosages of exercise.

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  • Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

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  • Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRAA)

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