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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 Use and Benefits of Local Government Recreation and Parks Services: An Alberta Perspective on He
    2009 - Canada

    Visiting a nearby park had a positive effect on Albertans’ health, happiness, and overall life satisfaction; Participating in local government park and recreation activities had a positive impact...

  3. Humour as Therapeutic Play: Stress-Moderating Effects of Sense of Humour
    1996 - Canada

    A healthy and playful sense of humour may serve to protect people from the aversive effects of life stress. In particular, studies have found stress-moderating effects of sense of humour on both...

  4. Parks and Other Green Environments: Essential Components of a Healthy Human Habitat
    2010 - USA

    Green views and green environments contribute to better cognitive functioning; more effective patterns of life functioning; more self-discipline; greater mental health overall; and greater...

  5. Documented Health and Environmental Benefits Derived from Ornamental Horticulture Products
    2007 - Canada

    The literature reviewed for this study clearly illustrates that there are significant benefits from ornamental horticulture, whether economic, environmental or lifestyle.

  6. Research Update: Women and Recreation Opportunities Self- confidence building recreation opportuniti
    2007 - USA

    Women who were able to experience their bodies physically were able to feel empowered and more satisfied in their leisure experiences.

  7. Physical Activity and Public Health. Updated Recommendation for Adults From the American College of
    2007 - USA

    Frequent physical activity is an important behavior for individual and population health. Because of the dose response relation between physical activity and health, persons who wish to further...

  8. The Play Strategy: Evidence Summary
    2008 - England

    Play is believed to provide the opportunity to develop a sense of wellbeing by allowing children to experience who they are or might be. Through play children can question, learn to speak for...

  9. Leisure-time physical activity and metabolic syndrome plus depressive symptoms in the FIN-D2D survey
    2010 - Finland

    The prevalence of simultaneous metabolic and depression syndromes was lower in subjects with high leisure-time physical activity.

  10. The Relationship between Organized Recreational Activity and Mental Health
    2007 - USA

    Participation in organized sport and recreation can be a preventative and curative strategy to promote positive mental health and combat mental illness. The recommendations of this review support...

  11. Exercise treatment for depression: Efficacy and dose response
    2005 - USA

    Aerobic exercise at a dose consistent with public health recommendations is an effective treatment for MDD of mild to moderate severity. A lower dose is comparable to placebo effect. Exercise...

  12. Why Music Moves Us
    2009 - USA

    Music stimulates the areas of the mind that evolved for more important functions and offers a novel system of communication rooted in emotions rather than meaning. Music has been shown to reduced...

  13. Health Benefits of Physical Activity for Adults
    2009 - Canada

    Physical activity appears to reduce the risk of over 25 chronic conditions. Not only does physical activity extend life expectancy, it delays the onset of chronic disability and disease.

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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