Penn State Faculty Co-author Major Recreation Research Monographs

December 14, 2010

Penn State faculty members co-authored two of five important papers commissioned by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), which were released at the end of October. The goal of the papers is to help park and recreation agencies across the nation better align their services with the key challenges faced in their communities to encourage active, healthy living.

“With the findings in these papers, park and recreation agencies across our nation now have the research and associated tools to strategically develop programs and services to effectively support their communities,” said NRPA CEO Barbara Tulipane. “Given the current economic challenges, Americans and park and recreation agencies alike are looking for cost-effective ways to do more. This information benefits both in a real way.”

Dr. Geoffrey Godbey, professor emeritus of recreation, park, and tourism management; and Dr. Andrew Mowen, associate professor of recreation, park, and tourism management, co-authored a paper on how parks and recreation services provide physical activity benefits, titled The Benefits of Physical Activity Provided by Park and Recreation Services.

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Dr. Linda Caldwell, professor of recreation, park, and tourism management; and Dr. Peter Witt, professor and holder of the Bradberry Recreation and Youth Development Chair at Texas A&M University, co-authored a paper on the benefits of recreation services for youth, titled The Rationale for Recreation Services for Youth: An Evidence Based Approach.

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For more information on the papers, visit the National Recreation and Park Association website.

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Editors: For additional information, contact the College of Health and Human Development Office of College Relations at 814-865-3831 or healthhd@psu.edu.