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Recreation and active living are essential to personal health – a key deteminant of health status!
  • Recreation and active living helps people live longer – adding up to two years to life expectancy.
  • Recreation and active living prolongs independent living for seniors by compressing the disease and impairment period typically associated with aging – keeping seniors vital and involved in community life.
  • Recreation, fitness, sports and active living significantly reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke – the leading cause of death in Canada.
  • Recreation, fitness, sports, active living, parks and arts/culture all contribute to mental health – reducing stress, reducing depression and contributing to emotional/psychological well-being.
  • Recreation, fitness, sports, active living, parks and arts/culture all enhance overall health and well-being – critical to personal quality of life.
  • Recreation is a proven therapeutic tool utilized in hospitals, clinics and communities everywhere (physical recreation, sports, arts/culture) – helping to restore physical, mental and social capacities and abilities

Recreation is a key to balanced human development – helping Canadians reach for their potential
  • Recreation is essential to the development of our children and youth:
    • We learn motor skills (physical) through play and sports.
    • We learn social skills through play, and sports.
    • We learn creativity through play and arts/cultural activity
  • We develop intellectual capacities and concepts through play – and many other life skills
  • Recreation provides the opportunity for adults to develop their full and holistic potential (physical, social, creative, intellectual and spiritual) – work only does so much.
  • In a society where life-long learning is essential – recreation and adult leisure learning provides exceptional opportunities.
  • Parks and natural environments have great spiritual meaning for many - and arts/culture is a significant way of exploring our spirituality.

Recreation and parks are essential to quality of life
  • Recreation, sports and arts/culture build self-esteem and positive self- image – foundations to personal quality of life.
  • Recreation, parks, fitness, sports and arts/culture enhance life satisfaction levels.
  • Recreation, parks, fitness, sports and arts/culture enhance perceived quality of life – for individuals, families and communities.
  • Recreation, sports and arts/culture nurtures growth, acquisition of life skills and independent living for those with a disability.
Recreation reduces self-destructive and anti-social behaviour
  • Recreation, sports and arts/culture reduce self-destructive behaviour and negative social activity in youth – an antidote to smoking, substance abuse, suicide and depression.
  • Recreation , sports and arts/culture reduce crime – building understanding between diverse cultures.
  • Recreation, sports and arts/culture can reduce racism – building understanding between diverse cultures.
  • Recreation reduces isolation, loneliness and alienation.
Recreation and parks build strong families and healthy communities
  • Families that play together – stay together. Children and youth remain connected; couples that share leisure interests are more likely to stay together.
  • Recreation provides safe, developmental opportunities for the latch-key child.
  • Recreation, sports and arts/culture produce leaders who serve their communities in many ways.
  • Recreation, sports and arts/culture build social skills and simulates participation in community life.
  • Recreation and parks are often the catalysts that build strong, self-sufficient communities (sports groups, arts guilds, adopt-a-park)
  • Culture helps people understand their neighbours, their history and their environment.
  • Recreation, parks, sports and arts/culture build pride in a community.
Pay Now or Pay Later! Recreation reduces health care, social service and police/justice costs!
  • Fitness and well-being reduces both the incidence and severity of illness and disability – lowering healthcare costs.
  • Recreation supports families – reducing costs of social service intervention and foster care.
  • Recreation reduces crime and social dysfunction – reducing police, justice and incarceration costs.
Recreation and parks are significant economic generators in your community!
  • Recreation, sports and fitness improves work performance – increased productivity, decreased absenteeism, decreased staff turnover, reduced "on the job" accidents.
  • Recreation, parks and arts/culture attract businesses to the community – prime economic development and relocation magnets.
  • Recreation, parks, sports and arts/culture are the attractions that draws tourism – the third largest an done of the fastest growing industries in the world today.
  • Recreation, parts, fitness, sports and arts/culture are significant employment generators on their own – providing many jobs.
  • Small investments in recreation, parks, sports and arts/culture often yield large economic returns – money generated by events, capital development and provision of ongoing services is spent several times in the community (the multiplier effect).
  • Parks and open spaces increase property value, and therefore tax revenue on adjacent land – many developers are automatically including parkland, golf courses, etc. as marketing features.
Parks, open space and natural areas are essential to ecological survival
  • Green spaces protect habitat, biodiversity and ecological integrity.
  • Green spaces improve air quality – removing carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide and other pollutants from the air.
  • Outdoor recreation is one of the best approaches to environmental education – a key to long term sustainability.
  • Protecting land from development (as open space) mitigates against potential environmental disaster – flooding, slip zones, aquifer depletion.
  • Trail and pathway systems save energy and protect air quality by encouraging non-motorized transportation.
  • Arts/culture is one of the best ways of expressing the spirituality of the land, thereby encouraging stewardship ethics.