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1.11 Recreation, fitness, sport, active living, and parks reduce obesity resulting in many health benefits.

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  2. The Effect of Green Exercise on Blood Pressure, Heart Rate and Mood State in Children
    2014 - England

    The study identifies an augmented post exercise hypotensive effect for children following green exercise compared to exercise alone.

  3. Walking, Obesity and Urban design in Chinese Neighborhoods
    2014 - USA

    Walkable urban design is tied to walking and cycling for commuting, non-commuting and exercise.

  4. A Growing Opportunity: Community Gardens Affiliated with US Hospitals and Academic Health Centers
    2015 - USA

    Healthcare-based gardens are associated with lower rates of obesity in communities they serve.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Health Benefits of Non-Motorized Outdoor Recreation
    2014 - Canada

    There is strong evidence indicating that outdoor recreation as well as simply being present in a natural setting improve physical health.

  8. The Social Benefits of Sport
    2013 - Scotland

    Sport improves physical and mental health and reduces health care costs. It also reduces anti-social behaviour.

  9. The Impact of Neighborhood Park Access and Quality on Body Mass Index Among Adults
    2014 - USA

    Both the presence of park space and higher scores on park quality, particularly cleanliness, are associated with a lower adult individuals’ body mass index (BMI).

  10. The association between neighborhood greenness and weight status: an observational study in Perth We
    2013 - Australia

    Higher levels and greater variation of neighborhood greenness are associated with lower odds of obesity among adults of all ages.

  11. Quantifying the Contribution of Neighborhood Parks to Physical Activity
    2013 - USA

    Parks have significant roles in supporting vigorous physical activity of the local population.

  12. The association between recreational parks, facilities and childhood obesity
    2013 - USA

    This research highlights potential health disparities in childhood obesity due to limited access to recreational parks and facilities. Providing safe, accessible parks and facilities may be one way...

  13. Americans Who Like Where They Live Are in Better Health
    2012 - USA

    Americans who feel safe while walking alone at night in the city or area where they live are in better physical health than those who do not feel safe doing so. Similarly, those who say they have...

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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