As our understanding of the bases of good health changes, it is apparent that leisure and its use are an important issue in both achieving and maintaining good health.
Leisure, Health, and Wellness reflects the story of how parks, recreation, and leisure studies contribute to the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities, and societies.
This is also the story of how public health contributes to parks, recreation, and leisure studies–the intersections and connections between and among these fields, concepts, and professional practices.
This book provides a collection of ideas brought together by scholars and practitioners willing to venture outside of the safe confines of their own disciplines to write transdisciplinary chapters with colleagues from numerous fields related to health or leisure.
These authors have played a significant role in building bridges and advancing the knowledge base related to leisure, health, and wellness, and their interconnections.
Chapter 1: Leisure—An Overview
Chapter 2: Health, Wellness, and Quality of Life—Accent the Positive
Chapter 3: Relations Between Leisure, Health, and Wellness
Chapter 4: What Constitutes “Good” Health and Wellness?
Chapter 5: What Is Good Leisure From the Perspective of Health?
Chapter 6: Leisure and Physical Health
Chapter 7: Leisure Pathways to Emotional Health—Public Health Perspectives
Chapter 8: Leisure and Spiritual Health
Chapter 9: Physical Activity and Cognitive Health
Chapter 10: Leisure and Social Health
Chapter 11: The Effect of Leisure Environments on Dimensions of Health and Wellness
Chapter 12: Leisure as a Context for Prevention
Chapter 13: Leisure and Becoming Physically Active
Chapter 14: Leisure and Stress Reduction
Chapter 15: Making the Best of Bad Situations: The Value of Leisure in Coping With Negative Life Events
Chapter 16: Building Self-Esteem and Self-Efficacy Through Leisure
Chapter 17: Leisure and the Development of Complexity
Chapter 18: Socioeconomic Status, Health, and Leisure
Chapter 19: Children’s Physical Activity and Healthy Development: Physical, Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Benefits
Chapter 20: Leisure, Adolescence, and Health
Chapter 21: Leisure in Family Wellness
Chapter 22: Leisure and Health in Middle Age
Chapter 23: Leisure in Later Life
Chapter 24: Leisure and Rehabilitation
Chapter 25: Work, Leisure, and Health: Revisioning Retirement in the 21st Century
Chapter 26: Leisure, Health, and Assisted Living
Chapter 27: Women, Health, and Leisure: A Lot Like Music-Making
Chapter 28: Leisure, Health, and Males
Chapter 29: Promoting Health and Wellness With Persons With Disabilities: The Role of Recreation and Leisure
Chapter 30: Leisure and the Health of People Who Are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered
Chapter 31: Health Disparities and Physical Activity, Parks, and Recreation
Chapter 32: Leisure, Health, and Adjustment of Immigrants
Chapter 33: Healthy Sexual Expression
Chapter 34: Healthy Dining: Eating for Pleasure, Leisure, and Wellness
Chapter 35: Health and Television Viewing
Chapter 36: Healthy Drinking
Chapter 37: Healthy Sports
Chapter 38: Healthy Outdoor Recreation: An Integrated Approach to Linking Physical Activity With Wellness Goals
Chapter 39: Public Policy to Promote Healthy Leisure
Chapter 40: Medical Profession and Healthy Leisure
Chapter 41: Public Recreation and Parks Services as a Wellness Agency