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IU Bloomington Launches New Journal Focused on Parks and Health

The Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington is partnering with Indiana University Press to launch a new multidisciplinary journal called Recreation, Parks, and Tourism in Public Health. Articles in the annual journal will focus on parks, recreation and tourism’s impact on public health and will share research and community models that focus on the relationship between parks, recreation and tourism and their impact on healthier lifestyles. Available in print and electronic editions, the first issue will be published in September 2017, with the first articles being accepted for online publication by early fall.


Dr. Douglas Knapp, associate professor at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington and associate chair for research and graduate studies in the recreation, parks, and tourism studies at the school, said, “We are pleased to be partnering with IU Press for the launch of this journal, which will fill an important niche for multidisciplinary work in parks, recreation and tourism as they intersect public health. We envision Recreation, Parks, and Tourism in Public Health becoming an important platform for researchers and practitioners to learn more about different approaches to understanding and promoting the important ways that parks, tourism, and recreation impact public health.”

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism in Public Health is peer reviewed and is dedicated to publishing leading edge research on the impact public spaces, recreational activities and tourism industry has on individual health and well being. Articles that are accepted will cover a range of categories that include original research and community models as well as perspectives from scholars and practitioners.

“I am delighted and honored to have the opportunity to serve as the founding editor-in-chief for Recreation, Parks, and Tourism in Public Health,” said Professor Knapp. “Now, more than ever before, the critical role that outdoor spaces and recreation can play in disease prevention, the promotion of health, and enhancement of quality of life has never been more important. I look forward to Recreation, Parks, and Tourism in Public Health contributing greatly to discourse and practice.”

“We are delighted to work together with the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington on this important and exciting new journal,” said Mr. Gary Dunham, director of IU Press. “In this partnership, we are committed to delivering critical research to an international audience.”