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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. Step It Up!
    2015 - USA

    The US Surgeon General issued a call to action to address major public health challenges such as heart disease and diabetes through walking, an easy and inexpensive way to increase physical...

  3. Refuges of Local Resilience: Community Gardens
    2015 - USA

    In the wake of Hurricane Sandy community gardens functioned as multi-purpose community refuges which hosted meaningful and restorative greening practices, and developed supportive communities. ...

  4. From the Inside Out to the Outside In
    2015 - Canada

    The study reveals increasing understanding of the positive relationships between park and protected area visitation and the associated health and well-being benefits to the visitors.

  5. Neighborhood Greenspace and Health in a Large Urban Center
    2015 - USA

    Researchers find having 10 more trees on your block has health benefits akin to $10,000 raise or being seven years younger.

  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. It is About Being Outside
    2015 - Canada

    Canadian youth involved in this ethnographic study defined and visualized good health as "being outside" in a safe, clean, green and livable space. 

  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

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  • Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRAA)

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