12:58 pm August 29, 2011, by Theresa Walsh Giarrusso
The National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There Campaign wants you to know why it’s so important to make sure you kids get plenty of outdoor time.
“Stronger bones and lower cancer risk: Today’s “indoor kids” don’t get enough sun and are becoming Vitamin D deficient, causing health risks.
Improved eyesight: Recent studies find that kids who get outdoor time have less nearsightedness and need for eye glasses.
Longer attention spans: Children who stare at TV and video games all day have less patience and shorter attention spans.
Better at making friends: Children playing together outdoors relate directly with one another, create games together, choose sides and improve their “people” skills.
Measurably better grades in school: The healthy bodies and minds that come with outdoor play are better able to do well in school.”
What are your challenges to getting your kids outside more? Are there ways to get around those challenges? How much time do your kids get to play outside? What are alternatives when it’s too hot or too cold?
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