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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. 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...

  3. 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.

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. Walking Works
    2015 - England

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

  7. 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...

  8. Nature-based Experiences and Health of Cancer Survivors
    2004 - Canada

    This review contributes to a better understanding of the therapeutic effects of nature-based experiences on cancer survivor health. 

  9. Children’s Developmental Needs: A Review of Connection to Nature
    2015 - Asia

    Play and experience in the nature contributes to children’s cognitive, physical and social development, restores positive emotion, develops sense of place, empathy and care for nature, and...

  10. Social Impacts of Culture and Sport
    2015 - England

      The review concludes that existing evidence demonstrates a diverse range of social benefits are derived from engagement with sport and culture, both for society generally and when used within...

  11. Risk and Protective Factors for Cognitive Impairment in Persons Aged 85 Years and Older
    2015 - USA

    The risk of incipient dementia was reduced for participants who reported engagement in artistic, craft, and social activities in both midlife and late life, and in the use of a computer in late...

  12. Physical Activity, Motor Function, and Brain Damage in Healthy Older Adults
    2015 - USA

    Older people who are physically active could be protecting themselves from the effects of brain damage on motor function.

  13. Australian Indigenous Youth’s Participation in Sport and Associated Health Outcomes
    2015 - Australia

    Indigenous youth who participate in sport are 3.5 times more likely to report good general health and 1.6 times more likely to have no probable serious mental illness.

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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