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Leisure education within the context of a childhood obesity intervention programme: parents’ experiences

ByCharlene S. Shannon

While many studies acknowledge universities as important facilitators in the pursuit of leisure activities, few studies shed light on how this setting limits participation. Relatively little attention has been paid to the role of leisure education in developing countries or non-Western societies. This chapter explores leisure lifestyles among university students in Ghana. Using the University of Cape Coast as a case study, a questionnaire survey examined students' leisure and free-time activities and the extent to which these were influenced by the university environment. The data reported here were collected as part of a larger study examining the leisure habits of university students at the University of Cape Coast (UCC). The results show that the dominant obligations or preferences for leisure activities tended to be customary in nature. However, leisure participation was constrained by lack of time resulting from academic pressures. Implications are discussed in the leisure education in developing countries, with emphasis on the leisure and recreational management challenges.