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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. Tai Chi–Based Exercise for Older Adults With Parkinson’s Disease: A Pilot-Program Evaluation
    2007 - USA

    Tai Chi is an appropriate physical activity for older adults with PD and might also be useful as a therapeutic exercise modality for improving and maintaining physical function.

  3. Healthy nature healthy people: ‘Contact with nature’ as an upstream health promotion intervention fo
    2005 - Australia

    The healing effects of a natural view are increasingly being understood in stressful environments such as hospitals, nursing homes, remote military sites, space ships and space stations as an...

  4. Evaluating a children’s hospital garden environment: Utilization and consumer satisfaction
    2001 - USA

    Results from behavioral observations, surveys, and interviews indicated a number of benefits of the garden. The garden was perceived as a place of restoration and healing, and use was accompanied...

  5. Art as therapy: an effective way of promoting positive mental health?
    2006 - Ireland

    The art as therapy course was credited with improvements in self-esteem and self-confidence. Participants described the programme as cathartic and a springboard for engagement in a wide range of...

  6. Arts Facts . . . Arts and Healthcare
    2007 - USA

    The arts are an important means for a patient to come to terms with his or her new set of circumstances and help the healing process. Arts programs in hospitals serve multiple audiences. Although...

  7. Physical Activity and the Deaf Community
    2006 - USA

    "Results from this study indicated similar age-related trends in fitness found within the literature for hearing children. “

  8. Outcome-Based Evaluation of a Social Skills Program Using Art Therapy and Group Therapy for Children
    2008 - USA

    Participants demonstrated a significant improvement in assertion scores, coupled with decreased internalizing behaviors, hyperactivity scores, and problem behavior scores in the students.

  9. The Role of Leisure Style in Maintaining the Health of Older Adults with Arthritis
    2006 - USA

    “Research on the treatment and prevention of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis suggests that light to moderate physical activity can: (1) increase muscle tone (2) decrease joint...

  10. A Literature Review of the Evidence Base for Culture, the Arts and Sport Policy
    2004 - Scotland

    Scotland’s Centre for Cultural Policy review of the social and economic impacts of culture, the arts and sport provided robust research evidence, both national and international, on the reduction...

  11. Interrogating Power: The Case of Arts and Mental Health in Community Projects
    2007 - USA

    Some people benefit (in non-measurable ways) from participating in short term arts projects. It has demonstrated that engaging in activity with people from areas of deprivation, with mental health...

  12. Research Update: Learning to Cope. Leisure and recreation can improve the life of people with rheuma
    2007 - USA

    In 2007, the USA National Parks and Recreation Association reported that: " Identifying leisure as a potential coping resource has emerged in mainstream research on stress. Kleiber, Hutchinson and...

  13. Quality of Life and Identity: The Benefits of a Community-Based Therapeutic Recreation and Adaptive
    2005 - USA

    Participation in a community-based therapeutic recreation and adapted sports program positively influences quality of life, overall health, quality of family life, and quality of social life.

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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