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Exercise is good for kids…

Whenever I visit a school I try to learn as much as possible, always making it a point to ask students how they spend their day. I’m interested for a few reasons, including discovering how much physical activity they get. While my “research” is anecdotal, there’s plenty of evidence (besides our waistlines) that shows we get less exercise than we used to.

And while we might “know” exercise is good for our bodies, and we … Read more!

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Time to Take Play Seriously: A Little Perspective


I note the calendar (it says ‘September’) and watch the sun set (earlier each day), yet I refuse to acknowledge what we know to be true: summer’s end is fast approaching. For me, summer represents the best of childhood: long days without schedules, mostly playing outside. So, while school may be back in session, let’s hope administrators understand what we know: outdoor play time is critical for healthy childhood development.

Why? For the vast majority … Read more!

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Growing Green Minds: The Benefits of the Great Outdoors

Originally Published in www.afreshsqueeze.com

Children benefit from time in nature outdoors. I spend as much time as possible with kids and see the results firsthand. Even if it’s just exploring in the backyard or at the park down the street, the outdoors provide an opportunity to engage all the senses — see, hear, touch, taste and feel — in a way electronics can’t. Kids exposed to nature early and often usually are more aware, have … Read more!

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