The Role of Culture & Sport in Health & Wellbeing

Chief Cultural & Leisure Officers Association; National Leisure & Culture Forum

The Chief Cultural and Leisure Officers Association has posted its guide to best practice in local authority engagement in arts and health. The organisation has produced a brochure showcasing a range of local authority arts in health case studies from across the country highlighting the benefits to public health of commissioning arts and leisure activity.

Attending cultural events and cancer mortality: A Swedish cohort study

a Department of Biosciences and Nutrition , Karolinska Institute , Sweden b Centre for Family and Community Medicine , Karolinska Institute , Sweden c The Red Cross University College of Nursing , Stockholm, Sweden d Norwegian Institute of Public Health , Oslo, Norway e Department of Epidemiology , The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center , Houston, Texas, USA

Attendance at cultural events is associated with better survival and self-rated health. This study aimed to determine whether attendance at cinemas, theater, art galleries, live music shows, and museums was associated with cancer-related mortality. A randomly selected, cancer-free cohort of Swedish adults aged 25-74 years (n = 9011), formed in 1990-91, was followed up to 31 December 2003. The outcome measure was cancer-related mortality. The main independent variable was a cultural attendance index.

Morality, duty, and the arts in health: A project on Aboriginal underage pregnancy

University of Newcastle, Australia

Underage pregnancy in the Aboriginal population of Australia represents a serious set of physical, social, and mental problems. The shifts that have taken place in the population make-up of the communities due to this birth pattern are having detrimental effects on the well-being of individuals and families, including a destabilising of the sense of identity and belonging. The paper looks at the social and medical problems involved and summarises a project which aims to address them through the arts.

A note on designing evaluations of health effects of cultural activities at work

Stress research institute, Stockholm University; Department of Public Heath Services, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm; County of Vasternorrland, Sundsvaal, Sweden.

The present pilot study was performed as part of the preparation for a larger controlled evaluation of health effects of a work site-based cultural programme. Forty participants, 10 in each of 4 work sites, were exposed to cultural events that took place once a week during a 3-month period. Standardised health questionnaires were distributed and blood samples collected before and after the three-month period. Visual analogue scales were distributed before and after the event, and from those average emotional effects for each individual were calculated.

Mental Health, Social Inclusion and Arts: developing the evidence base.

Anglia Ruskin University, University of Central Lancashire

This report draws together the research carried out for the study Mental health, social inclusion and arts: developing the evidence base. The study was commissioned by the Department for Culture Media and Sport and the Department of Health following publication of the report Mental Health and Social Exclusion by the Social Exclusion Unit. The aims of the study were to identify appropriate indicators and measures of mental health and social inclusion outcomes, and to develop and implement an evaluation framework based on those indicators and measures.

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