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It's no secret that making your kid turn off the TV and play outside can help reduce the risk of obesity and Nature Deficit Disorder. But did you know that exposure to nature can reduce stress and improve academic learning?
A 2012 study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that even a short walk outdoors can reduce symptoms of depression and stress. Additionally, students who take part in environmental awareness programs score better on academic tests and exams that measure critical thinking and creativity.
The more you can merge nature with our wired world, the greater the benefits. Check out our tips for including natural elements in everyday activities.