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Individual Highlight

Multiple Studies Improve Understanding, Measurement, and Transfer of Knowledge of Recreation, Quality Of Life, and Health

These efforts area aimed at furthering our understanding of the link between outdoor recreation and health and well being, and ensuring that managers and stakeholders have access to personal stories from the field demonstrating research applications. Forest ServiceSnapshot : PSW scientists contributed to an increased understanding of the link between recreation, quality of life, and health. Visitor constraints to physical activity in park and recreation areas, with a focus on underserved communities, were explored. Implications for visitor health were derived from this work.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Armando Gonzalez-CabanPat Winter
Research Location : Global
Research Station : Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW)
Year : 2010
Highlight ID : 231

Summary

PSW scientists contributed to an increased understanding of the link between recreation, quality of life, and health. Visitor constraints to physical activity in park and recreation areas, with a focus on underserved communities, were explored. Implications for visitor health were derived from this work. Pilot testing of a system for observing physical activity and recreation in natural areas led to development of a draft guide and reporting at an international meeting in Merida, Mexico. Agency research publications were synthesized and incorporated into an online resource called RECopedia, easing access to research findings, applications, and contact with key experts. RECopedia features research conducted within all the Forest Service research stations and Research in Action stories demonstrate specific on-the-ground applications derived from the research.

Partners in these efforts include the University of Minnesota, San Diego State University, the USDA Forest Service RUS staff, the Pacific Northwest Research Station, the Southern Research Station, and the Rocky Mountain Research Station.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • University of Minnesota, San Diego State University, the USDA Forest Service RUS staff, the Pacific Northwest Research Station, the Southern Research Station, and the Rocky Mountain Research Station.

Research Topics

Priority Areas

  • Outdoor Recreation
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