Sunday, January 10, 2010

Healthy Kids: Get Them Outdoors!

Green Hour - Discover the Wonder of Nature

I recently came across a website that encourages families to spend more time outdoors, learning to appreciate nature, which further encourages our children to grow up to be "Green" friendly. According to Green Hour, In the last two decades, American childhood has moved indoors. The average boy or girl spends just four to seven minutes outdoors every day. Studies show that children who spend regular time outdoors are healthier, happier and grow up with a love of nature.

Green Hour Program is a part of the The National Wildlife Federation and encourages all Americans to
Be Out There and support its national campaign to give back to our children what they don’t even know they’ve lost: childhood’s essential wildness and connection to the natural world.

Now, a growing wave of research indicates that children who spend time outdoors are healthier, overall,than their indoor counterparts.

The National Wildlife Federation recommends that parents give their kids a "Green Hour" every day, a time for unstructured play and interaction with the natural world. This can take place in a garden, a backyard, the park down the street, or any place that provides safe and accessible green spaces where children can learn and play.

This great program is free to join and will send you activities that adults and kids can enjoy outside. Their website also offers, books, games and activities, parents' guide, resources, downloads and photo tips to help you get great pictures that you can share with the "Be Out There" Online Community.

I hope all of you that read this will take advantage of this original, sure fire campaign and sign up today. It's free, fun, and beneficial on so many levels in a child's life, and yours!

Green Hour - Discover the Wonder of Nature


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