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Commission on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

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.

Initiate ongoing global discussion about the evolving contribution of leisure to:
• population health
• productivity
• 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

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 Tenets
Utilizing these tenets, 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.

2011 Commission Report

Chair: Terry Robertson
California State University, USA
E-mail: terry.robertson@csulb.edu

Chair: Kiboum Kim
Winston-Salem State University, USA
Email: kimk@wwsu.edu

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.