Leisure, Health, and Wellness

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ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-89213-289-5

Copyright year: 2010

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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 book details the value of leisure in relation to a variety of topics such as physical, social, cognitive, and spiritual health; stress reduction; socioeconomic status, and family wellness.

The editors have taught at the higher education level; have published numerous journal articles; and have been highly involved in international organizations concerned with leisure, tourism, and sport. The scholars and practitioners who have contributed to this book 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

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