Per a study at the University of Essex (UK), Jules Pretty and colleagues focused upon children’s outdoor behavior and found two very basic conceptual pathways —(one healthy and one unhealthy)—. Both are critical in shaping our lives and our life outcomes.
On the healthy pathway, people are active, connected to people and society, engage with natural places, and eat healthy foods. As a result these people tend to live longer and have a far better quality of life.
On the unhealthy pathway, people are inactive, disconnected from people and society, do not engage with natural places, eat unhealthy foods, and as a result die earlier and have a lower quality of life. In concluding their review, Pretty and colleagues make ten recommendations to improve people’s well-being, including increasing children’s outdoor free play and encouraging planners to incorporate access to green space. Outdoor playground equipment anchored into an inviting and well-designed green space is helpful.