Community Health and Well-Being

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Building Healthier, Stronger Lives

When we spend time outdoors, it has a positive impact on our social, psychological and physical health. But a growing body of research shows we are more disconnected from nature today than ever before. In the last few decades, we have become more sedentary and increasingly dependent on technology, with youth and adults alike plugged into computers, TV, video games, music, cell phones and other devices.

At NC State’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, we strive to understand how recreation, parks and outdoor spaces contribute to physical activity in communities. By combining fundamental science with technological innovation, our faculty and students conduct high-impact research that considers the broad range of personal, social, economic and environmental factors that determine health. Their findings inform policy-makers, park planning and design, and practitioners in community recreation programs, schools, senior centers and more.

Meet Our Experts

Interested in health and well-being research? Contact our faculty to learn more and get involved.