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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

Tuesday, March 07, 2006


Add Green Hours to Your Child's Lifespan

Parents take heed.

A study published recently in the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity finds that almost 50% of U.S. children will be overweight by the end of the decade. Junk food, poor eating habits and lack of exercise are listed as the reasons. The lack of exercise seems to be coming from kids having an indoor, TV-dependent, video game-saturated lifestyle. Dr. Phillip Thomas of the International Obesity Task Force says "this is going to be the first generation that's going to have a lower life expectancy than their parents. It's like the plague is in town and no one is interested.”

The solution? get rid of "empty" calories such as from candy and fatty foods, and make sure our kids are more active -- say through a daily Green Hour! Read More!

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