Date of Graduation
Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Randall S. Rosenberger.
Over half of all Americans are considered to be physically inactive and/or obese, leading to significant individual and societal costs. This study investigates the link between recreational supply and health status for West Virginia. Using spatial econometric techniques, this study provides solid evidence that the demand for health care is positively associated with physical inactivity rates, and that physical inactivity rates are inversely related to the supply of recreational opportunities. When promoting the importance of physical activity as preventative health care, policy makers should consider the provision of recreational opportunities as a means to overcome sedentary behaviors.
Sneh, Yoav, "Recreational opportunities and health status in West Virginia" (2003). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 1727.