Park Use Influences Perceived Health

Park Use Influences Perceived Health
Penn State researchers have long understood the important connection between parks and health.

A research article published in Preventing Chronic Disease, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s peer-reviewed journal, clarified this connection across a national sample of Americans.

The article, published in January and titled “The relationship between self-rated health and use of parks and participation in recreation programs, United States, 1991 and 2015,” showed that Americans who use their local parks or participated in recreation programs offered by local park and recreation agencies are more likely to report high levels of self-reported overall health status through the SF-1, a measure of self-rated health frequently used by health organizations.
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