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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. A controlled trial of the health benefits of regular walking on a golf course
    2000 - USA

    Regular walking had many positive effects on the health and fitness of sedentary middle-aged men. Walking during a golf game is characterized by high adherence and low risk of injury and is thus a...

  3. 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.

  4. A Policy Blueprint for Canada’s Children
    1999 - Canada

    Some communities in Canada are blessed with an array of health and wellness services for all children: well-baby clinics, parent resource centres, child care, recreation, nutrition and prenatal...

  5. A prospective examination of children’s time spent outdoors, objectively measured physical activity
    2008 - Australia

    Additional time spent outdoors during the cooler months was associated with increased moderate and vigorous physical activity. Encouraging 10-12-year-old children to spend more time outdoors may be...

  6. A study of community design, greenness and physical activity in children using satellite, GPS and ac
    2011 - USA

    Children who experienced >20 minutes of daily exposure to greener spaces engaged in nearly 5 times the daily rate of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) of children with nearly zero daily...

  7. Active Commuting and Obesity in Mid-life
    2016 - England

    Walking, cycling or taking public transit to work help middle-aged adults lose body fat and weight, new research suggests, with bicycle commuting offering the greatest benefits compared to using a...

  8. Active for Life: Final Results from the Translation of Two Physical Activity Programs
    2008 - USA

    Active Choices and ALED were successfully translated across a range of real-world settings. Study samples were substantially larger, more ethnically and economically diverse, and more...

  9. 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...

  10. Association of the built environment with physical activity and obesity in older persons
    2007 - USA

    Neighborhood characteristics are associated with the frequency of walking for physical activity in older people. Whether frequency of walking reduces obesity prevalence is less clear.

  11. Benefits of Physical Activity
    1996 - USA

    Regular participation in physical activity during childhood and adolescence:
    • Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints.
    • Helps control weight, build lean muscle, and reduce...

  12. 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.

  13. Bicycling and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease
    2016 - Denmark

    People who frequently bike to work or in their free time have a decreased risk of heart disease. 

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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