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5.05 Leisure activities and parks are often catalysts that build strong, self-sufficient, and sustainable communities. (recreation, sport, arts, culture)

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  2. Health Benefits from Nature Experiences Depend on Dose
    2016 - Australia

    Up to 7% of depression cases and 9% of high blood pressure cases could be prevented if all city residents were to visit green spaces at least once a week for an average duration of 30 minutes or...

  3. Recreation and the Quality of Life in Saskatchewan Survey
    2016 - Canada

    Personal and community benefits of parks and recreation are leading factors by which people in Saskatchewan measure and assess their happiness and quality of life.

  4. Designed to Move: Active Cities
    2015 - USA

    The report shows that cities with physically active populations are not only more economically competitive – they also benefit from increased productivity, improved school performance, higher...

  5. Seeing Community for the Trees
    2015 - England

    Local nature was linked to lower crime both directly and indirectly through its effects on community cohesion. 

  6. Refuges of Local Resilience: Community Gardens
    2015 - USA

    In the wake of Hurricane Sandy community gardens functioned as multi-purpose community refuges which hosted meaningful and restorative greening practices, and developed supportive communities. ...

  7. Connecting Canadians with Nature
    2014 - Canada

    Research confirms that deepening our relationship with the natural world has tremendous personal benefits that ripple positively out to every facet of society.

  8. Walking Works
    2015 - England

    Walking makes people happy, keeps everyone healthy and can even save your life.

  9. Cooperation is in our Nature
    2015 - Canada

    Exposure to nature increases cooperation, and, when considering environmental problems as social dilemmas, sustainable intentions and behavior.

  10. 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...

  11. The Role of Sport in Community Capacity Building
    2015 - USA

    Sport has demonstrated efficacy in building local skills, knowledge, and resources, increasing social cohesion, facilitating community dialog, leadership development, and encouraging civic...

  12. Measuring the Benefits of Community Forestry
    2015 - Canada

    The report identified the most compelling indicators that demonstrate the tangible social, cultural, economic and environmental benefits that community forests bring to their communities. 

  13. Co-benefits of Designing Communities for Active Living
    2015 - USA

    Designing communities that support physical activity is likely to produce a wide variety of additional benefits, ranging from mental health to environmental sustainability and economics.

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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