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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. 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. 

  3. 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...

  4. 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. 

  5. 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. 

  6. 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.

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

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

  8. The Biggest Risk is Keeping Kids Indoors
    2015 - Canada

    Access to active play in nature and outdoors—with its risks—is essential for healthy child development. The report recommends increasing children’s opportunities for self-directed play outdoors in...

  9. Effects of Aerobic Exercise on Patients with Dementia
    2015 - Spain

    Aerobic physical exercise has a significant impact on improving cognitive functioning, behavior, and functional mobility in institutionalized individuals with dementia.

  10. Therapeutic Landscapes and Wellbeing in Later Life
    2015 - Canada

    Nature can promote the physical, mental, and social health of older adults.

  11. Nature is There and it’s Free
    2015 - Canada

    Activities in the natural environment serve as a protective factor in the health and well-being of immigrant families, providing emotional and physical nourishment in the face of adversity.

  12. Walking Works
    2015 - England

    Walking makes people happy, keeps everyone healthy and can even save your life.

  13. The Benefits of Nature Experience: Improved Affect and Cognition
    2015 - USA

    This study extends previous research by demonstrating additional benefits of nature experience on affect and cognition through assessments of anxiety, rumination, and a complex measure of working...

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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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