This essay explains the benefits of recreation in society and on the body. It is in full MLA format alond with works cited page. It was a graduation requirement, so i put alot of time into it.

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We've all heard it before, "Personal recreational activities involves those actions that relax, refresh, and rejuvenate us" - yet how much do we truly gain from these activities? Recreation is a healthy part of each individual's own life and can be enjoyed by everyone. The benefits of recreation are not only positive to the community of today, but to the society of tomorrow.

The positive outlook on recreation is unlimited and endless in our world. There are great things that not only improve health and wellness, but the building of self-esteem and stress reduction (NRPA). Recreation is a healthy alternative for positive behavior, which leads to opportunities for learning and living a balanced, productive life. According to NRPA recreation evolves physical, mental, and social health related benefits that result from participating in recreational activities. Although many other important benefits are documented, (increased environmental stewardship, job opportunities, and a variety of economic benefits) there are many current research documentations on the physical aspects of recreation along with recent trends in recreational interests.

According to the Surgeon General's Report, over 60 million people are considered overweight.

Overweight and obesity are associated with heart disease, types of cancer, type II diabetes, respiratory problems, and psychological problems such as depression and fatigue. Participating in meaningful recreational activity aides in the prevention of diseases and improves the mental health of participants.

Coronary Heart Disease

Coronary heart disease is America's leading cause of death. Physical inactivity is the single greatest factor leading to this disease. As a result, exercise is especially important to public health. Bicycling and walking can fill America's physical void of inactivity and make a major contribution to health. Moderate activity, such as walking from thirty to sixty minutes a day, several days a week, is associated with significant reductions...