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1.10 Leisure activities and parks are proven therapeutic tools used to maintain and/or restore physical, mental, and social capacities. (recreation, fitness, arts, culture, parks, and greenspace)

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  2. Physical Activity, Screen Time and Self-Rated Health and Mental Health in Canadian Adolescents
    2015 - Canada

    Inactive adolescents have twice higher odds of sub-optimal self-rated health, and inactive girls have 30% greater odds of sub-optimal self-rated mental health. 

  3. Evidence That Walking Groups Have Health Benefits
    2015 - England

    Walking groups have various health benefits including positive effects on fitness, blood pressure control, weight loss, depression and cardiovascular disease risk prevention.

  4. The Effect of Exercise on Depressive Symptoms in Adults with Neurological Disorders
    2015 - USA

    This review provides evidence that exercise, particularly when meeting physical activity guidelines, can improve depressive symptoms in adults with neurological disorders.

  5. Physical Activity, Walking, and Quality of Life in Women with Depressive Symptoms
    2015 - Australia

    Physical activity and walking have been positively associated with health-related quality of life in women with depressive symptoms. 

  6. Beyond Blue to Green
    2010 - Australia

    The report reviews existing Australian and international literature on the links between mental health and well-being and contact with nature.

  7. Blue Sky Green Space
    2011 - England

    The benefits of green space provide a very cost effective means of promoting health and well-being, as well as a mechanism for increasing community and citizen involvement in volunteering.

  8. Football improves lean body mass in men with prostate cancer undergoing ADT
    2014 - Denmark

    Football training over 12 weeks improved lean body mass and muscle strength compared with usual care in men with prostate cancer receiving androgen deprivation therapy.

  9. Children With Attention Deficits Concentrate Better After Walk in the Park
    2008 - USA

    “Doses of nature” can enhance attention to manage ADHD symptoms in children.

  10. Leisure-time physical activity and psychotropic medication: A prospective cohort study
    2013 - Finland

    Leisure-time physical activity can help prevent the need for medication to address mental health problems among the middle-aged.

  11. Physical Activity and Major Depressive Disorder Among Current or Former Smokers
    2013 - USA

    Physical activity inversely associates with major depressive disorder in adults with pulmonary impairments, and does so in a dose–response manner.

  12. Exploring the Benefits of Outdoor Experiences on Veterans
    2013 - USA

    Veterans participating in extended outdoor group recreation show signs of improved mental health, suggesting a link between the activities and long-term psychological well-being.

  13. The therapeutic benefits of sport in the rehabilitation of young sexual offenders
    2013 - South Africa

    Sport can address relevant psychosocial issues for young sexual offenders. Contact sports, with appropriate guidance, can be cathartic for participants. Male sports coaches can play a paternal role...

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