Reduced Effects of NDD (Nature Deficit Disorder)
In his best-selling book, The Last Child in the Woods, author Richard Louv brought national attention to NDD, referring to the negative impacts that occur when children don’t spend enough time doing outdoor activities.
Spending time outdoors connecting with nature significantly reduces symptoms of attention deficit disorder in young people.
Fights Depression and SAD
Access to outdoor recreation and playtime greatly reduces depression and SAD among young people (American Academy of Pediatrics).
Reduces Obesity, Diabetes, and Heart Disease
Overall obesity rates are 41% lower in young people who regularly spend time enjoying outdoor recreation activities.
Provides Critical Nutrition
Exposure to the sun and fresh air along with exercise that comes from outdoor recreation provides valuable nutrients like Vitamin D and antioxidants.
More Energy and Improved Metabolism
A University of Rochester study found that 20 minutes outside provides as much energy boost as a cup of coffee.
Improved Intellectual Development
Play in nature is especially important for developing cognitive processes, driving creativity, improving focus, and expanding problem-solving skills.
Studies show that young people who spend more time outdoors are less likely to suffer from myopia (nearsightedness).
More Happy, Less Stress
Scientific research indicates that that regular access to the great outdoors significantly reduces stress and creates a feeling of serenity and happiness in children (and adults).