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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. 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. 

  3. 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...

  4. 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. 

  5. Gardens and Health
    2016 - England

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

  6. 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.

  7. Designed to Move: Active Cities
    2015 - USA

    The report shows that cities with physically active populations are not only more economically competitive – they also benefit from increased productivity, improved school performance, higher...

  8. 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.

  9. 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...

  10. 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.

  11. 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...

  12. 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. 

  13. 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...

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

On Behalf Of:

  • Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRAA)

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