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1.09 Leisure activities and parks enhance overall physical and emotional health and improve quality of life. (recreation, fitness, sport, active living, arts, culture, parks, greenspace/infrastructure)

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  2. Exercise to prevent falls in older adults: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis
    2016 - England

    Exercise as a single intervention can prevent falls in community-dwelling older people. Exercise programmes that challenge balance and are of a higher dose have larger effects.

  3. Environmental Facilitators and Physical Activity of Older Adults
    2017 - Finland

    High walkability of the living environment provides opportunities for physical activity in old age. 

  4. 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...

  5. Physical activity and Disability in Older Adults
    2017 - USA

    A structured physical activity intervention reduces reported severe mobility disability and difficulty on mobility tasks in older adults with functional limitations.

  6. 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. 

  7. 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.

  8. Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth
    2016 - Canada

    The guidelines provide evidence-informed recommendations for a healthy day (24 h), comprising a combination of sleep, sedentary behaviours, light-, moderate-, and vigorous-intensity physical...

  9. 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. 

  10. Student Outcomes and Natural Schooling
    2016 - England

    Outdoor learning has a positive impact on children's behaviour, social skills, health and wellbeing, resilience, confidence and sense of place.

  11. 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. 

  12. Recreation and the Quality of Life in Saskatchewan Survey
    2016 - Canada

    Personal and community benefits of parks and recreation are leading factors by which people in Saskatchewan measure and assess their happiness and quality of life.

  13. Gardens and Health
    2016 - England

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

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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