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NWF Green Hour

Commentary on what parents should know about and can do to counteract common "nature deficit disorders" in our TV-watching, video game-playing children including encouraging a daily "Green Hour" of outside play and learning. A program of the National Wildlife Federation

Monday, August 29, 2005


Five Years off a Child's Life?

Outdoor activity will improve fitness and lifespan.

A spate of information on childhood obesity relates it, in part, to too much TV watching and consequent physical inactivity. Here is an example. Now researchers in Chicago and Boston are looking at the implications for the nationwide childhood obesity epidemic for shorter lifespan and a poorer state of lifetime health. They conclude that, while we have enjoyed increases in expected lifespan for several decades, the new lack of childhood activity and its extra pounds will actually shorten average lifespan. Main risks occur in childhood and are parent and care-giver responsibilities. One more good thing about a daily Green Hour of outdoor play and learning is a longer life. Read More.

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