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Om Fritidsvetarna

In English


Nyttan med fritiden

Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) har tagit fram en katalog över nyttan med fritidsaktiviteter. Resultatet sammanfattas här:

Recreation is essential to personal health!

  • Recreation helps people live longer

  • Recreation prolongs independent living for seniors - keeping seniors vital and involved in community life

  • Recreation and fitness significantly reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke

  • Recreation and fitness combat osteoporosis

  • Recreation and fitness combat diabetes

  • Recreation and fitness help in preventing specific types of cancers - particularly in the colon, breast and lungs

  • Recreation and fitness helps prevent and rehabilitate back problems

  • Recreation and arts/culture contribute to mental health

  • Recreation and arts/culture enhance overall health and well-being

  • Recreation is a proven therapeutic tool - helping to restore physical, mental and social capacities and abilities

Recreation is key to balanced human development

  • 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

  • Recreation and adult leisure learning provide exceptional opportunities

Recreation is essential to quality of life

  • Recreation and arts/culture build self-esteem and positive self-image

  • Recreation and arts/culture enhance life satisfaction levels

  • Recreation and arts/culture enhance perceived quality of life - for individuals, families and communities

  • Recreation, sports & 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 activity in youth - an antidote to smoking, substance abuse, suicide and depression

  • Recreation and arts/culture can reduce crime

  • Recreation and arts/culture can reduce racism - building understanding between diverse cultures

  • Recreation reduces isolation, loneliness and alienation

Recreation builds strong families and healthy communities

  • Families that play together, 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 stimulate participation in community life

  • Recreation is often the catalyst that builds strong, self-sufficient communities (ie sport groups, arts guilds)

  • Art/culture helps people understand their neighbours, their history and their environment

  • Recreation and arts/culture build pride in a community

Recreation reduces health care, social service and police/justice costs

  • Fitness and well-being reduce 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 the community

  • Recreation and fitness improve work performance - increased productivity, decreased absenteeism, decreased staff turnover, reduced "on the job" accidents

  • Recreation & arts/culture attract businesses to the community - prime economic development & relocation magnets

  • Recreation, sports and arts/culture are the attractions that draw tourism - the third largest and one of the fastest growing industries in the world today

  • Recreation, fitness, sports and arts/culture are significant economic generators on their own - providing many jobs

  • Small investments in recreation, sports and arts/culture often yield large economic returns - money generated by events, capital development and providing ongoing services is spent several times in the community.

Parks, open space and natural areas are essential to ecological survival

  • Green space protects 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 (keeping it as open space) mitigates against potential environmental disaster (flooding, slip zone, 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 to express the spirituality of the land, thereby encouraging stewardship ethics.

Se mer på CPRA:s hemsida:

Läs även World Leisure Organizations: 

* WLO:s informationsbroschyr.

* Leisure in a Globalized Society - Sao Paulo deklarationen antagen 1998.

* Charter for Leisure, antagen 2000.

* Leisure, Essential to Community Development - Quebec-deklaration - antagen 2008.

* Leisure: Enhancing The Human Condition. Priorities and Strategies 2009-2014. A New Strategic Plan for the World Leisure Organization - antagen 2008.

* Position Statement on Leisure Education and Community Development.


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