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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. Physical Activity Can Slow Down Brain Aging
    2016 - USA

    A low level of leisure-time physical activity is independently associated with greater decline in cognitive performance over time across domains.

  3. Impact of Views to School Landscapes on Recovery from Stress and Mental Fatigue
    2016 - USA

    The study demonstrates that classroom views to green landscapes cause significantly better performance on tests of attention and increase recovery from stressful experiences in high school...

  4. Visiting Green Space is Associated with Mental Health and Vitality
    2016 - Netherlands

    More time spent in green space is associated with higher scores on mental health and vitality scales, independent of cultural and climatic contexts.

  5. Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health
    2015 - Canada

    This is an extensive report focused on the complex and multi-faceted connections between biodiversity and human health, and how the loss of biodiversity and corresponding ecosystem services may...

  6. Walking to Wellbeing
    2016 - Ireland

    Middle-aged and older adults walking 150 minutes per week are more socially active and have better mental health and overall wellbeing. 

  7. Regular Physical Activity: Forgotten Benefits
    2015 - USA

    Men and women who engage in regular physical activity experience statistically significant and clinically important reductions in the risk of dying from coronary heart disease, of developing...

  8. Leisure-time Physical Activity, Body Mass Index, and Risk of Dementia
    2015 - Finland

    Maintaining high or increasing leisure-time physical activity after midlife was associated with lower dementia risk, benefits being more pronounced among men, overweight individuals. 

  9. Organized Sports and Quality of Life in People With Neurologic Disabilities
    2015 - Sweden

    Adults with a spinal cord injury who engaged in organized sports reported decreased depression and anxiety, increased life satisfaction, and increased opportunity for gainful employment compared...

  10. Fitness-related Brain Activation is Associated with Better Cognitive Performance in Older Adults
    2015 - USA

    An active lifestyle that supports cardiorespiratory fitness may be an effective and accessible way to combat the negative aspects of the cognitive aging proces. 

  11. Inactivity Time Bomb
    2015 - Denmark

    Inactivity is costing Europe's economy over 80 billion euros per year, costs that could be avoided with 20 minutes per day of inexpensive activities like walking or running. 

  12. Nature Experience Reduces the Risk of Depression
    2015 - USA

    The study suggests that access to natural environment may be vital for mental health in our rapidly urbanizing world.

  13. Co-benefits of Designing Communities for Active Living
    2015 - USA

    Active cities are an investment in developing greater human, economic, social and environmental capital. 

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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