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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. Connecting Canadians with Nature
    2014 - Canada

    Research confirms that deepening our relationship with the natural world has tremendous personal benefits that ripple positively out to every facet of society.

  3. Exercise as a Therapy in Adults With Multiple Sclerosis
    2015 - Australia

    Exercise improves walking speed and endurance in patients with multiple sclerosis. 

  4. Audio Therapy in Treatment of Children’s Postoperative Pain
    2015 - USA

    Listening to favourite tunes and stories can significantly decrease post-surgical pain in children undergoing major surgeries.

  5. Effects of Aerobic Exercise on Patients with Dementia
    2015 - Spain

    Aerobic physical exercise has a significant impact on improving cognitive functioning, behavior, and functional mobility in institutionalized individuals with dementia.

  6. 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. 

  7. Therapeutic Landscapes and Wellbeing in Later Life
    2015 - Canada

    Nature can promote the physical, mental, and social health of older adults.

  8. Walking Works
    2015 - England

    Walking makes people happy, keeps everyone healthy and can even save your life.

  9. Nature-based Experiences and Health of Cancer Survivors
    2004 - Canada

    This review contributes to a better understanding of the therapeutic effects of nature-based experiences on cancer survivor health. 

  10. Real-Time Associations Between Engaging in Leisure and Daily Health and Well-Being
    2015 - USA

    Participants in the study had more positive and less negative mood, more interest, less stress, and lower heart rate when engaging in leisure than when not.

  11. Positive Affect and Health
    2015 - USA

    Researchers link experiencing positive emotions inspired by nature, art, and spirituality with the markers of good health. 

  12. 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. 

  13. 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.

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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