Presentation Title

The Effects of Community-Based Recreational Activities on Mental Well-Being in Adults: Brennan's Ugly Sweater Run

Format of Presentation

15-minute lecture to be presented the Saturday of the conference

Presenter Information

Payton D. ComazzettoFollow

Location

IB 1008

Start Date

30-3-2019 2:00 PM

End Date

30-3-2019 2:15 PM

Abstract

Research shows that almost two thirds of individuals who have experienced poor mental health express negative feelings, such as depression, stress, and loneliness during the Christmas holiday season (Velamoor, 1999). Similarly, regular physical activity is associated with decreases in depression for adults (Blough & Loprinzi, 2018). Evidently, social activity that occurs within community-based recreational activities is critical for adults recovering from mental health issues (Salmon, 2001). Brennan’s Ugly Sweater Run was established in 2017 in order to combat the increase in mental health symptomology during the holiday season. By bringing families and individuals together to have fun while exercising in the outdoors, the December run creates a positive bridge into the holiday season and fosters a sense of community and inclusion within Kamloops. Through extensive examination of the research, it is evident that physical activity and social support are associated with a greater quality of life and reduce mental health symptomology. This research highlights the importance of community events for increasing mental well-being among adults.

Department

Interdisciplinary Studies

Faculty Advisor

Tracy Penny Light

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Mar 30th, 2:00 PM Mar 30th, 2:15 PM

The Effects of Community-Based Recreational Activities on Mental Well-Being in Adults: Brennan's Ugly Sweater Run

IB 1008

Research shows that almost two thirds of individuals who have experienced poor mental health express negative feelings, such as depression, stress, and loneliness during the Christmas holiday season (Velamoor, 1999). Similarly, regular physical activity is associated with decreases in depression for adults (Blough & Loprinzi, 2018). Evidently, social activity that occurs within community-based recreational activities is critical for adults recovering from mental health issues (Salmon, 2001). Brennan’s Ugly Sweater Run was established in 2017 in order to combat the increase in mental health symptomology during the holiday season. By bringing families and individuals together to have fun while exercising in the outdoors, the December run creates a positive bridge into the holiday season and fosters a sense of community and inclusion within Kamloops. Through extensive examination of the research, it is evident that physical activity and social support are associated with a greater quality of life and reduce mental health symptomology. This research highlights the importance of community events for increasing mental well-being among adults.