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Long-Run Health Effects of Sports And Exercise In Canada

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  • Nazmi Sari
  • Michael Lechner

Even though insufficient participation in physical activity is shown to be one of the major contributors to chronic diseases, and poor health, participation in physical activity still remains to be substantially low in developed countries including Canada. In this paper, we examine the long-run health effects of participation in sports and exercise among inactive Canadian adults. Based on informative Canadian panel data and semiparametric matching estimation, we show that participation in sports and exercise generally improves physical health and mental well-being of individuals. While this effect is statistically significant and persistent for men, we do not find a similar effect for women. Our results also indicate that positive health effects are only achieved with a level of physical activity that is larger than the current national and international health organizations' guidelines for the minimum level of activity.

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Paper provided by Canadian Centre for Health Economics in its series Working Papers with number 150018.

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Length: 51 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2015
Publication status: Published Online, November 2015
Handle: RePEc:cch:wpaper:150018
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