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Commission on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

About the commission on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP)

In August of 2010, at the 11th World Leisure Organization’s international congress in Chuncheon, South Korea, a global meeting of the World Leisure Organization’s new commission on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention was convened. The commission developed a global vision, two primary outcomes for the commission, seven essential tenants, and an initial plan of work.


Outcomes of the HPDP Commission

Initiate ongoing global discussion about the evolving contribution of leisure to:

population health


quality of life

healthier more livable and sustainable communities

Delineate actions that public-, non-profit, and private-sector agencies might take to:

develop leisure science

advance policies, programs, and professional preparation

demonstrate the efficacy of leisure services to improving human capacity and overall well-being

create healthier more livable and sustainable communities

Resolution of the HPDP Commission

Therefore, we call on the global community (governments, non-governmental organizations, corporations, businesses and private sector agencies) to directly engage in the process of defining, assessing, planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating the effects of leisure, recreation, and play on primary, secondary and tertiary prevention efforts.

Essential Tenants

Utilizing these tenants, the commission’s work will continue to focus on the factors that affect health and well-being, including the physical, intellectual, social, emotional, environmental and spiritual components of wellness.


1.     Leisure is an essential element of the human experience.

2.     Participation in leisure pursuits contribute to an individual’s health capacity.

3.     Leisure engagement contributes to the health capacity of a community.

4.     A lack of access to and/or participation in health-based leisure adversely affects an individual’s long-term health capacity.

5.     A variety of factors influence the provision of leisure-related resources and opportunities for engagement.

6.     The environment and human experiences are inextricably linked and significantly affect leisure experiences.

7.     Governments, non-governmental organizations, and private sector entities must be engaged in the process of planning for, monitoring of, and advancing the roles of leisure, recreation, and play as deterrents to lifestyle-related illnesses and disease.

Commission Chairs

Terry Robertson, California State University, USA
E-mail: terry.robertson@csulb.edu
Kiboum Kim
Winston-Salem State University, USA

Links to:  

White paper PPT

2011 Final Report

Listing of Commission Executive Committee members

HPDP session proposal call for 2012


We Foster Inquiry

Research and scholarship to discover the personal and social potentialities of leisure experiences.

We Engage in Informed Advocacy

By advocating for conditions optimizing leisure experiences: legislation, infastructure, leadership and programming.