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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. [2017] Effects of PA on fatigue & cognitive performance in breast cancer survivors
    2017 - USA

    MVPA may be associated with greater executive function and working memory in BCSs. Further, this effect may be partially indirect through cancer-related symptoms (e.g., fatigue). Results emphasize...

  3. [2017] Effects of aerobic exercise on brain metabolism & grey matter in older adults
    2017 - Germany

    Stable choline concentrations in the intervention group over the 3 month period might indicate a neuroprotective effect of aerobic exercise. Choline might constitute a valid marker for an effect of...

  4. [2017] Moderators of Exercise Effects on Depressive Symptoms in Multiple Sclerosis: A Meta-regression
    2017 - USA

    Exercise significantly improves depressive symptoms among people with multiple sclerosis.

  5. [2017] Gardening is Beneficial for Health
    2017 - Japan

    Gardening provides a wide range of health outcomes, such as reductions in depression, anxiety, and body mass index, as well as increases in life satisfaction, quality of life, and sense of...

  6. [2017] Guide and Scout Participation, Childhood Social Position and Mental Health at Age 50
    2017 - Scotland

    Youth programmes that support resilience and social mobility through developing the potential for self-reliance and collaboration in natural environments may be protective of mental health in...

  7. [2016] Health benefits of tai chi What is the evidence?
    2016 - Canada

    There is abundant evidence on the health and fitness effects of tai chi.

  8. [2016] Benefits of Physical Exercise in Postmenopausal Women
    2016 - Spain

    Exercise improves physical function and balance, corrects disability, prevents muscle loss, and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and dementia in middle-aged women. 

  9. [2016] Running Repairs Neurodegenerative Disease in Animal Brain
    2016 - Canada

    Canadian researchers discovered that a molecule triggered by running can help repair certain kinds of brain damage in animal models.

  10. [2016] Recreational Physical Activity in Natural Environments and Implications for Health
    2016 - England

    The study estimated that more than eight million adults in England engage in green exercise each week, resulting in over 1.3 billion green exercise visits a year.

  11. [2016] Exercise Improves Cognitive Functioning in People With Schizophrenia
    2016 - England

    This meta-analysis provides evidence that exercise can improve cognitive functioning among people with schizophrenia, particularly from interventions using higher dosages of exercise.

  12. [2016] 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. 

  13. [2016] 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...

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  • Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

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  • Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRAA)

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