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.
Our Research in Action
Examining the Impact of Shared Use of School Facilities on Physical Activity Levels
Partnerships between school districts and community-based organizations to share school facilities during afterschool hours can be an effective strategy for increasing physical activity.
Why a Trip to the Park Is Good For Your Health
Research suggests that outdoor recreation is beneficial — maybe essential — for mental and physical health.
Meet Our Experts
Interested in health and well-being research? Contact our faculty to learn more and get involved.
- Perver Baran, Teaching Professor
- Jason Bocarro, Professor
- Kyle Bunds, Assistant Professor
- Kim Bush, Director of Undergraduate Programs and Teaching Associate Professor
- Jonathan Casper, Associate Professor
- Michael Edwards, Associate Professor
- Myron Floyd, Interim Dean
- J. Aaron Hipp, Associate Professor of Community Health and Sustainability
- Keith Howard, Assistant Teaching Professor
- Michael Kanters, Department Head and Professor
- Lincoln Larson, Assistant Professor
- KangJae “Jerry” Lee, Assistant Professor