Postprint version. Published in Leisure Sciences, Volume 32, Issue 1, December 17, 2009, pages 3-14.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Keri A. Schwab was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1080/01490400903430772.
Striving for a healthier relationship among individuals, families, communities, nations, and the environment is imperative at a time in history when humankind can change the face of the earth in monumental ways. This dynamic health relationship, with an emphasis on the contributions of parks, recreation, and tourism to health promotion, is the subject of this article. A broader conception of health that moves beyond human physical and mental health to include familial, communal, national, international, and global ecological health is called for, and a more comprehensive ecological model of health promotion, including consideration of health from a holistic ecological perspective, is presented. New directions for leisure research based on an ecological orientation to health promotion conclude the article.
Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration
2009 Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in Leisure Sciences.