While prior generations grew up sleeping outside, climbing trees, and exploring wooded areas, children today spend twice as much time indoors as their parents did. These children are missing out on the simple pleasures of life, and failing to create the lasting mental and physical health benefit links to daily outdoor time.
It is estimated that the average U.S. child spends more than 7 hours per day in front of screens, but just minutes in the great outdoors. Although many things have changed over time, outdoor exercise and time continues to be critical for the development of children. Outdoor time helps children connect to nature, enhances imagination, increases attention spans, decreases aggression, and helps them to grow stronger.
Outdoor play is also an affordable fun way for kids and families to share time together in a healthful way … good for kids and adults alike.
Pledge to make outdoor time for the children in your life (and yourself) a priority!