How Does Being Outside Help My Child Stay Healthy?
- Scientists have found that spending significant time in the outdoors helps build healthier immune systems in children.1
- Few children are spending “significant” time in the outdoors these days and this is a loss not only to their immune systems but to their sense of place.1
- Living in “high-nature conditions” buffers children against the effect of stressful life events.2
One study of the effect of nature on the psychological well-being of children in third through fifth grade found that those with more nature near their homes had:
- Lower levels of behavioral conduct disorders.
- Less anxiety.
- Less depression.
- A higher sense of self-worth.
- Recovered more quickly from stressful life events.2
Children and adults find it easier to concentrate and pay attention after spending time in nature.
- Children’s attention span was much improved when they moved to housing closer to natural, green spaces.
- A Swedish study of day cares found that children in day cares with a natural play area were able to concentrate better than those in a more urban setting.
- Concentration and ability to pay attention in adults are also improved by time in nature.2
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