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2.02 Leisure activities provide opportunities for adults to develop their full and holistic potential (physical, social, creative, intellectual, and spiritual). (recreation, sport, arts, culture)

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  2. Exercising Serotonin
    2007 - Canada

    Exercise increases the availability of serotonin - an important brain chemical (neurotransmitter) that contributes to a range of functions including sleep cycles, wake cycles, libido, appetite and...

  3. The nature of the view from home - Psychological benefits
    2001 - USA

    At work, staff with nature views reported fewer ailments and showed greater job satisfaction. They report feeling less frustrated and more patient, found their job more challenging, expressed...

  4. Preventing Diseases Through Physical Activity: Legislator Policy Brief
    2007 - USA

    Increasing regular moderate physical activity among the more than 88 million inactive Americans over age 15 might reduce annual direct medical costs by as much as $76.6 billion. A sustained 10...

  5. The Spiritual Benefits of Leisure
    2009 - Canada

    Significant positive relationships were found between spiritual well-being and overall leisure activity participation, as well as, engagement in the leisure activity categories of personal...

  6. Wilderness therapy and spirituality
    2008 - USA

    Spirituality is a function of wilderness therapy that allowed the students to develop introspection, community engagement and lived practices that promote wellness. This was emphasized by the theme...

  7. ‘Active’ versus ‘cultural’ use of time:  Health, happiness and sense of belonging
    2008 - Canada

    Happiness, satisfaction with life as a whole, sense of belonging to local community, and self-described health are related to reading newspapers for leisure, visiting museums, and regular...

  8. Retirees in the Summer Games:  Are they healthy older adults?
    2008 - USA

    There was a significant positive correlation between behavior consistency and perceived health. Behavioral consistency was a significant predictor of perceived health. Affective attachment is...

  9. A qualitative exploration of the wilderness experience as a source of spiritual inspiration
    1999 - USA

    Recreational experiences in a wilderness setting have the distinct potential to positively enrich the lives of those who take to the ‘wild’. The beneficial aspects of wilderness recreation include...

  10. Healthy parks, healthy people The health benefits of contact with nature in a park context. A review
    2008 - Australia

    The main benefits to the health and wellbeing for individuals and communities that arise from contact with nature.include: 1. biological/mental wellbeing; 2. social/community wellbeing; 3. economic...

  11. Rural Health Literature Review
    2008 - Canada

    There is a large body of evidence that physical activity is lower in rural populations compared to their urban counterparts. Those revious studies which found that rural populations are more active...

  12. Older Adults Benefit From Volunteerism
    2007 - USA

    Older adults experienced greater changes in their perceived physical health in comparison to younger volunteers in a longitudinal analysis. The study found that those who volunteered consistently...

  13. Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development
    2002 - USA

    Well-crafted arts experiences produce positive academic and social effects, but more research that reveals the unique and precise aspects of the arts teaching and learning is required.

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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