Parkrun promotes physical activity and community spirit
Three studies explore the benefits of Parkrun, a free 5km running event held weekly in parks around the UK that promotes physical activity and community spirit
- Parkrun events, run by volunteers, can benefit people with mental health problems
- Social capital is key in initiating and maintaining physical activity
- Parkrun offers an opportunity for physical and social activity
Parkrun has the potential to support people outside traditional mental health services, says a study exploring the experiences of adults with mental health problems who participate as volunteers or runners.
UK participants were recruited through the Parkrun e-newsletter. Eligibility criteria included experience of mental health problems and attendance at ten or more Parkrun events.
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