OR: Outdoor recreational activity participation cuts healthcare costs by millions

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CRESWELL, Ore. — Oregonian’s participation in outdoor recreation activities saves the state $1.4 billion annually in healthcare costs, according to a report released recently by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

The report, “Health Benefits for Oregonians from their Outdoor Recreation Participation in Oregon,” calculates how much energy people expend when engaging in outdoor recreation, and the corresponding reduction in costs related to chronic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, depression, dementia, diabetes and several cancers.

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Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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