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:
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.
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.
Winston-Salem State University, USA
White paper PPT
Listing of Commission Executive Committee members