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Leisure: An Overlooked Component of Health Promotion

LINDA L. CALDWELL and EDWARD A. SMITH
Canadian Journal of Public Health / Revue Canadienne de Santé Publique
Vol. 79, No. 2 (March/ April 1988), pp. S44-S48
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41990535
Page Count: 5
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Abstract

Leisure is an area often overlooked in broad, life-style change health promotion efforts. The intent of this article is to stimulate thought regarding leisure's contribution to health and Wellness, to document preliminary evidence of how leisure and health are connected, and to suggest future research directions in the examination of the relationship between health and leisure. To accomplish this purpose, leisure is defined and its potential relationship with the various components of total health (psychological, physical, social, and spiritual) is examined empirically and theoretically. It is concluded that leisure may make a valuable contribution to all aspects of health due to short term benefits and, perhaps more importantly, as a result of the potential cumulative effects of life-long participation in leisure. Les loisirs sont un domaine souvent négligé dans les efforts de promotion de santé axés sur des changements généralisés dans les modes de vie. Le but de cet article est de stimuler la réflexion relativement à la contribution du loisir à la santé et au bien-être, de fournir des données préliminaires sur la façon dont le loisir et la santé sont reliés, et de proposer des orientations futures pour la recherche sur l'examen de la relation entre la santé et le loisir. Pour réaliser ce projet, on définit le loisir tandis que ses relations éventuelles avec les différentes composantes de la santé globale (psychologique, physique, sociale et spirituelle) sont examinées théoriquement et empiriquement. On conclut que le loisir peut apporter une contribution valable à tous les aspects de la santé en raison des avantages à court terme et, peutêtre plus important encore, en raison des effets cumulatifs éventuels d'une participation à des loisirs tout au long d'une vie.

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