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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)

  1. Found: 1-12 of 84 entries
  2. A controlled evaluation of the health benefits of a participative community singing programme for ol
    2011 - England
    • Measures of health were consistently higher among the singing group following the singing programme than among the non-singing group
    • Three months after the singing groups stopped the...
  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. ARTS WITH OFFENDERS A literature synthesis
    2011 - England

    Arts and arts therapies are associated with improvements in arousal levels, emotional literacy and quality of life.

  7. 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.

  8. Benefits of Green Space – Recent Research
    2011 - USA

    Healthy, properly maintained green space provides substantial benefits to the environment in terms of Erosion control/water purification, Air purification, Temperature modification/energy and cost...

  9. Benefits of Music: Listings from the Impact Database
    Scotland

    This listing from the Impact Database provides listings of both published and grey literature on the social and economic impact of music participation and the music industry.

  10. Better Health for Children with Type 1 Diabetes with Just 1,000 Extra Steps a Day
    2016 - Australia

    Even a small increase in physical activity relates to better cardiovascular structure and risk factors. 

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Body Composition, Physical Fitness, Functional Performance, Quality of Life, and Fatigue Benefits of
    2011 - New Zealand

    Exercise can improve muscular endurance, aerobic endurance and overall quality of life, as well as reducing fatigue in prostate cancer patients.

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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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