The relationship between self-rated health and use of parks and participation in recreation programs, United States, 1991 and 2015

Nicholas A.D. Pitas, Austin G. Barrett, Andrew J. Mowen, Alan R. Graefe, Geoffrey C. Godbey, Christopher N. Sciamanna

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We examined the relationship between self-rated health and use of parks and recreation program participation by using logistic regression to analyze data from representative national surveys conducted in 1991 and 2015. Neither park use nor program participation were significantly related to self-rated health in 1991; however, both were significantly related in 2015. The growing relationship between use of parks and recreation programs and selfrated health during this period is likely the result of broad national health promotion efforts and provides support for funding of capital and operational expenses for park and recreation services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number160441
JournalPreventing Chronic Disease
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


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