Because One for Health’s mission is to change the health of our children, one of the things we want you to know is that the lacking of playing outside will have a huge impact on children’s health and development. Here are three health reasons why your children should play outside!
1) Increases Attention Span
An estimated 6.4 million children between the ages of 4 and 17 have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Studies have shown that green outdoor settings appear to reduce ADHD symptoms in children, which includes the exposure they get to natural settings like parks and beaches through after-school and weekend activities. Overall, it's becoming increasingly more apparent that these types of outdoor activities may be widely effective in reducing attention deficit symptoms in children.
2) Reduces Stress
In 2014, researchers from the University of Colorado teamed up with educators from Maryland and Colorado to study the effects that green schoolyards had on children's stress levels and resilience. They made the argument that increasing children's exposure to green outdoor spaces (e.g., lush playgrounds) could help decrease children's' stress levels by offering them an escape from life's daily routine. The study said that kids who play outside found "peace away from stresses in the classroom and daily life."
3) Increases Vitamin D Levels
The American Academy of Pediatrics says that vitamin D offers us several health benefits, such as strengthening bone health and helping to prevent diabetes and heart disease. In order to stave off vitamin D deficiencies in children, the Cleveland Clinic strongly urges parents and child care providers to make sure that their kids receive a healthy dose of the nutrient starting at birth. There are vitamin D supplements that you can take, but you can also get it through a free and natural version: sunlight.
Spring is coming! Getting your kids to play outside. It isn't just fun but also good for their health!
You can find more information from this link: https://www.care.com/c/stories/4178/5-health-benefits-of-kids-playing-outside/