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May 21, 201521 May 2015

While sport and physical activity are widely acknowledged as important for good health, the links between arts and culture to health and wellbeing are less well understood and less frequently acknowledged. Kelly Hill’s presentation reviewed research on the public health and well-being implications of recreational arts engagement, focusing on the landmark 2013 study Arts & Individual Wellbeing in Canada. The presentation also included a brief review of other studies on arts engagement and wellbeing, and participants discussed possible reasons for the positive associations between recreational arts engagement and health indicators.

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