We all love when the weather turns warmer and we have the opportunity to spend more time out in the fresh air and sunshine.
But more and more children are not found running around outdoors playing ball, they are spending more time inside,
at the desk, and sitting in from of TV's!
Kids today spend more time indoors than outdoors which was not the case 20 years ago. Family vacations have decreased (well who can afford them?) and attendance at our spectacular National Parks has fallen each year.
Being indoors is not good for our health, for sure! Children who spend more time out in the fresh air and exposed to trees and nature have lower stress levels and do much better in school. I have seen children who parents stated had ADHD symptoms and honestly, all they needed was some outdoor exposure to fresh air, sunshine, (Vitamin D) and healthy exercise.
Did you know... that just being in sunlight triggers your skin to make vitamin D, which is shaping up to be a potent cancer fighter.
"We may also exercise and socialize more in nature--activities with proven health benefits," says Frances Kuo, PhD, director of the Landscape and Human Health Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Even in the bleakest Chicago housing projects, the addition of just a few trees cut crime by 42% in one study, encouraging people to venture out.
Make it a point to:
Plans for next spring & summer:
Get yourself into a better frame of mind!
Enjoy life ---- live simply!
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