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