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4.01 Leisure activities reduce self-destructive behaviour in youth by serving as an antidote to smoking, substance abuse, suicide, and depression. (recreation, sports, arts, culture)

  1. Found: 1-12 of 73 entries
  2. [2015] 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...

  3. [2013] Exercise and Teen Smoking
    2013 - USA

    Increasing physical activity can help teens reduce or quit smoking.

  4. [2012] The Acute Effects of Physical Activity on Cigarette Cravings
    2012 - USA

    There is strong evidence that physical activity acutely reduces cigarette craving.

  5. [2011] Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools
    2011 - USA

    Low income youth engaged in arts programs are more likely to stay in school, earn higher grades, graduate high school and enroll in college. The benefits of involvement in the arts increase over...

  6. [2011] Physical Activity, Recreation, Leisure, and Sport: Essential Pieces of the Mental Health and Well-be
    2011 - Canada

    Leisure activities and contexts provide a myriad of opportunities for taking better care of one’s self, coping with and managing challenging life circumstances, affirming one’s value,...

  7. [2011] UK National Ecosystem Assessment
    2011 - England

    The benefits derived from the natural world and its constituent ecosystems are critically important to human well-being and economic prosperity, but are consistently undervalued in economic...

  8. [2011] BRIDGING THE GAP IN SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT THROUGH THE ARTS; Summary Report
    2011 - Australia

    Schools participating in The Song Room (TSR) programs (free, tailored, long-term music and arts-based programs for children in disadvantaged and high need communities to enhance their educational...

  9. [2011] Exercise and Substance Use Among American Youth, 1991–2009
    2011 - USA

    Higher levels of exercise were associated with lower levels of alcohol, cigarette, and marijuana use. Exercise and athletic team participation worked synergistically in lowering cigarette and...

  10. [2010] 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...

  11. [2009] Sport as a Post-Disaster Psychosocial Intervention in Bam, Iran
    2009 - Switzerland

    All parents, coaches and members of the project management team observed significant changes in the children’s behaviour and their group dynamics, which can be taken as indicators of improvement in...

  12. [2008] Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
    2008 - USA

    Physical activity is crucial to thinking and feeling. Aerobic exercise prepares the brain to learn, improves mood and attention, lowers stress and anxiety, helps stave off addiction, controls...

  13. [2008] Helping Rural Youth Live Healthier
    2008 - Canada

    This survey found significant relationships between how rural youth assess their own health and how much they engage in healthy or risky behaviours.

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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