Are arts and sports equally good for you?

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Julia Anwar McHenry & Christina R Davies

Research is attempting to compare the mental health and wellbeing outcomes of arts participants and spectators with sports participants and spectators.

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Being mentally healthy is just as important as being physically healthy. However, maintaining good mental health is complex with the need to support opportunities for good mental health and wellbeing across all facets of our life.1-3 Community settings involving  arts and sports events are a major focus for community participation and are an ideal setting for promoting good health.4

About the author

Julia Anwar McHenry is a Research Associate at Curtin University and is completing a PhD on the role of the arts in the social wellbeing of Australian rural communities with The University of Western Australia’s Centre for Regional Development.