Recent Research summarized below reveals a bottom line
1. Physical activity and exposure to nature are important to good health.
Author Affiliation: Jules Pretty, University of Essex in the UK.
Jules Pretty, Angus, C., Bain, M., Barton, J., Gladwell, V., Hine, R. (2009).
2. Outdoor backyard playground equipment helps.
3. Nature, childhood, health and life pathways all co-join.
With a particular focus on children, Pretty and colleagues examine the role of physical activity and exposure to nature on health and well-being. The current state of physical inactivity, the positive health benefits of nature contact, and the potential role of green exercise (activity in the presence of nature) toward improving health and well-being are discussed in depth. Three stages of childhood and their differing needs are examined with evidence regarding children’s physical activity levels, and the benefits of children’s exposure to nature. The authors discuss the impact of urban design and green space in terms of physical activity and various health outcomes, including cognitive health and learning, as well as the impact of nature-based interventions, such as care farms and wilderness therapy, for children with special needs.
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