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2.01 Leisure activities and parks are essential to the holistic development of children and youth: - they gain physical fitness and enhance overall health/well-being - they learn motor skills (physical) through play and sport

  1. Found: 13-24 of 139 entries
  2. Active Mothers, Active Daughters
    2015 - Australia

    A number of maternal behaviors, social–cognitive and parenting correlates were found to be significantly associated with daughters’ physical activity. 

  3. The Biggest Risk is Keeping Kids Indoors
    2015 - Canada

    Access to active play in nature and outdoors—with its risks—is essential for healthy child development. The report recommends increasing children’s opportunities for self-directed play outdoors in...

  4. Children’s Developmental Needs: A Review of Connection to Nature
    2015 - Asia

    Play and experience in the nature contributes to children’s cognitive, physical and social development, restores positive emotion, develops sense of place, empathy and care for nature, and...

  5. Social Impacts of Culture and Sport
    2015 - England

      The review concludes that existing evidence demonstrates a diverse range of social benefits are derived from engagement with sport and culture, both for society generally and when used within...

  6. Active Education: Growing Evidence on Physical Activity and Academic Performance
    2015 - USA

    Long-term studies have demonstrated that increases in physical activity, resulting from greater time spent in physical education, were related to improved academic performance.

  7. School Gardens and Physical Activity
    2014 - USA

    School gardens lead to increased moderate and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity during school day.

  8. Green Schoolyards as Havens from Stress and Resources for Resilience in Childhood and Adolescence
    2014 - USA

    This paper describes how natural areas enabled elementary and high school students to escape stress, focus, build competence, and form supportive social groups.

  9. Connecting Recreation and Resiliency in Children
    2014 - Canada

    The study showed improvement in core character traits such as adaptability and social connectedness in children participating in recreation programs across Canada.

  10. 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.

  11. The Canadian Summer Camp Research Project
    2011 - Canada

    Camp programs help kids in five key areas of development, including social integration and citizenship, environmental awareness, attitudes towards physical activity, emotional intelligence, and...

  12. Children With Attention Deficits Concentrate Better After Walk in the Park
    2008 - USA

    “Doses of nature” can enhance attention to manage ADHD symptoms in children.

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

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

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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