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Playing their part: the role of physical activity and sport in sustaining the health and well being of small rural communities

Townsend, Mardie, Moore, Jan and Mahoney, Mary 2002, Playing their part: the role of physical activity and sport in sustaining the health and well being of small rural communities, International electronic journal of rural and remote health research, education, practice and policy, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 1-6.

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Title Playing their part: the role of physical activity and sport in sustaining the health and well being of small rural communities
Author(s) Townsend, Mardie
Moore, Jan
Mahoney, Mary
Journal name International electronic journal of rural and remote health research, education, practice and policy
Volume number 2
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 6
Publisher Australia Rural Health Education Network
Place of publication Deakin, A.C.T.
Publication date 2002-08-12
ISSN 1445-6354
Summary It is widely recognised that the health of rural Australians is poor in comparison with their urban counterparts. Similarly, the role played by physical activity in maintaining health has been well researched and is well documented. However, little appears to have been published in recent years about the links between physical activity and health in rural communities. The objective of this article was to begin to address that gap. To achieve this, the article drew on research conducted in two small rural communities in Victoria Australia, and highlighted the role that physical activity and sport played in sustaining the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities in rural areas. Taking the World Health Organisation's definition of health (a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease) as its measure, the paper highlighted the many ways in which physical activity and sport in rural communities contribute to physical health, mental wellbeing and social cohesiveness. Based this finding, the authors suggest that physical activity and sport make a significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of rural people and their communities and suggest that further research is necessary to better define this apparent contribution.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, ARHEN
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001721

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