- Outdoor play increases fitness and builds healthy bodies, an important strategy in helping the one in three American kids who are obese7 GET FIT and have fun doing it !
- Spending time outside raises levels of Vitamin D, helping protect children and all of us from future bone problems, heart disease, diabetes and other related health issues. In fact adults are often prescribed Vitamin D to prevent early onset heart problems. Vitamin D comes with sunshine!
- Being outdoors improves distance vision and actually reduces the chance of nearsightedness.
- Exposure to natural settings may also be effective in reducing ADHD symptoms.
- Schools with environmental education programs score higher on standardized tests in math, reading, writing and listening.
- Exposure to outdoor education significantly increases student performance on tests of their critical thinking skills and “executive processing” skills.
- Children’s stress levels fall within minutes of seeing green spaces.
- Play protects children’s emotional development whereas loss of free time and a hurried lifestyle can contribute to anxiety and depression.
- Nature makes you nicer, enhancing social interactions, value for community and close relationships.
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