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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. Active for Life: A Call for Action. The Health Benefits of Physical Activity
    1998 - New Zealand

    All New Zealanders can improve their health and quality of life by including regular, moderate amounts of physical activity in their daily lives. The public health message has changed from an...

  3. Sustained Effect of Early Physical Activity on Body Fat Mass in Older Children
    2009 - USA

    Some effects of early-childhood MVPA on fatness appear to persist throughout childhood. Results indicate the potential importance of increasing MVPA in young children as a strategy to reduce later...

  4. 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...

  5. 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.

  6. Sedentary Lifestyle Affects Children’s Sleep: Study
    2009 - New Zealand

    Children who had been inactive during the day took longer to nod off. Every sedentary hour during daytime added 3.1 minutes to the time it took to fall asleep. These findings emphasise the...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. The Alberta physical activity and breast cancer prevention trial: Quality of life outcomes
    2011 - Canada

    A 1-year moderate-to-vigorous aerobic exercise program prevents declines in the physical aspects of QoL in postmenopausal women. Exercise may have a potentially important advantage for breast...

  11. 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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