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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

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  2. Active music classes in infancy enhance musical, communicative and social development
    USA

    Active musical participation in infancy impacts social and communication development.

  3. Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study
    2012 - USA

    Women who were Girl Scouts as girls display positive life outcomes to a greater degree than women who were not, including sense of self, community service, civic engagement, education and income....

  4. Could Exposure to Everyday Green Spaces Help Treat ADHD? Evidence from Children’s Play Settings
    2011 - USA

    Children with ADHD who play regularly in relatively open green play settings have milder symptoms than children who play in built outdoor and indoor settings. This is true for all income groups and...

  5. Relationship between sports participation and the level of motor coordination in childhood
    2011 - Belgium

    Children who consistently practice sports in a club environment display better coordination levels than children who only partially participate or do not participate in a club environment at all.

  6. Greenspace and quality of life: a critical literature review
    2008 - Scotland

    Greenspaces provide significant health, social, community and environmental benefits and the literature which reports these benefits is growing.

  7. After-school activities and the development of low-income urban children: A longitudinal study
    1999 - USA

    Children who attended after-school programs spent more time on academic and extracurricular activities, whereas children in informal care settings spent more time watching TV and hanging out.

  8. Baby swimming: exploring the effects of early intervention on subsequent motor abilities
    2009 - England

    Children who had experience swimming as babies, were more advanced in exercises related to balance and the ability to reach for things.

  9. The Scientific Evidence Relating to the Impact of Recreation on Youth Development
    2010 - USA

    "Park and recreation department out of school time programs can make significant contributions in nine areas . They can:
    1 . contribute to reducing juvenile delinquency
    2 . contribute to...

  10. Sports for Children With ADHD. Recreation can enhance the lives of children with ADHD
    2006 - USA

    Some of the benefits of sport participation for children with ADHD include a decrease in risky behaviors and increased integration into social settings, help to increase peer relations, which are...

  11. Outcomes of an after-school soccer program for at-risk youth
    2008 - USA

    Participation in after school recreational activities can lead to higher grades and positive academic-related social behaviors, which can lead to a more beneficial learning environment for all....

  12. How the Arts Can Enhance After-School Programs
    2002 - USA

    "Students involved in sustained theater arts (scene study, acting techniques, dramatic or musical theater production) often show gains not only in reading proficiency, but also in self-control and...

  13. Leisure-time physical activity in late adolescence: A chohort study of stability, correlates and fam
    2001 - USA

    "Physically active adolescents seem to progress to a healthier and more educated life. Adolescents approaching the completion of their compulsory education and thus the end of their systematic...

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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