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Play and playfulness for public health and wellbeing, Alison Tonkin & Julia Whitaker

The role of play in human and animal development is well established, and its educational and therapeutic value is widely supported in the literature. This innovative book extends the play debate by assembling and examining the many pieces of the play puzzle from the perspective of public health. It tackles the dual aspects of art and science which inform both play theory and public health policy, and advocates for a 'playful' pursuit of public health, through the integration of evidence from parallel scientific and creative endeavors. Drawing on international research evidence, the book addresses some of the major public health concerns of the 21st century - obesity, inactivity, loneliness and mental health - advocating for creative solutions to social disparities in health and wellbeing. From attachment at the start of life to detachment at life's ending, in the home and in the workplace, and across virtual and physical environments, play is presented as vital to the creation of a new 'culture of health'. This book represents a valuable resource for students, academics, practitioners and policy-makers across a range of fields of interest including play, health, the creative arts and digital and environmental design
Table Of Contents
Improving the public's health through playful endeavors / Julia Whitaker and Alison Tonkin -- Playing for a healthy brain / Alison Tonkin -- The science of public health / Alison Tonkin and Lisa Whiting -- The art of public health and the wisdom of play : articipation in the creative arts as a route to health and wellbeing / Eric Fleming and Julia Whitaker -- Playing together : the art and the science of relationships / Julia Whitaker and Alison Tonkin -- Play, attachment and the empathy-equity connection / Julia Whitaker -- Finding playfulness in the everyday : an antidote to the saturation of modern family life / Julia whitaker -- The playful pursuit of child public health / Jenni Etchells and Alison Tonkin -- Play, disability and public health / Claire Weldon and Alison Tonkin -- A playful working life and beyond / Christina Freeman and Alison Tonkin -- Playing in a digital world / Alison Tonkin -- A place for play : creating playful environments for health and wellbeing / Julia Whitaker and Alison Tonkin -- Playful policy / Rachel Bayliss and Alison Tonkin -- Playful endings : making meaning at the end of life / Julia Whitaker and Alison Tonkin
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
1 online resource (231 pages)
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