Perspectives of public health and leisure studies on determinants of physically active leisure.

Barbara Ainsworth, Roger C. Mannell, Timothy K. Behrens, Linda L. Caldwell

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    Abstract

    Public health has historically been concerned with eliminating factors associated with disease, disability, and early mortality, whereas leisure studies has emerged from the need to create and manage recreational opportunities and promote leisure activities and experiences. Coincidently, both fields have progressed toward an appreciation of the role of active leisure in enhancing a population's health and well-being. Factors associated with making choices to be physically active in leisure time are complex and multidimensional. This paper provides historical perspectives from public health and leisure studies (i.e., parks and recreation), describes models used to understand physically active leisure from both fields, and suggests direction for future collaborative research between public health and parks, recreation, and leisure researchers.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)S24-35
    JournalJournal of physical activity & health
    Volume4 Suppl 1
    StatePublished - 2007

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    Ainsworth, B., Mannell, R. C., Behrens, T. K., & Caldwell, L. L. (2007). Perspectives of public health and leisure studies on determinants of physically active leisure. Journal of physical activity & health, 4 Suppl 1, S24-35.