The Role of Outdoor Recreation in Promoting Human Health

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KoFan Lee


This literature review demonstrates how outdoor recreation in urban, backcountry, and program settings can enhance human health. This study begins with a discussion about sedentary lifestyles and constraints hidden behind three nationwide surveys, which implies that outdoor recreation is a common life experience enjoyed by Americans. Benefits and opportunities are subsequently explored, including factors affecting increases in park use, as well as health promotion through interaction with nature and related outcomes of outdoor adventure programs.

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