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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


For Exercise -- 60 Minutes is the Goal

Kids need a hour of exercise a day. They don't need real ot real intense exercise and can get it playing games or running around outdoors. Years ago, kids burned plenty of calories outdoors playing and just moving from one activity to the next.

Dr. Robert M. Malina, research professor and an expert in growth and development at Tarleton State University says, “our children are just not burning up those calories today," Dr. Malina says of the obesity epidemic in children. “All of us need to help children increase the amount of time spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity. The study is reported in “Physical Activity Recommendations for School-Age Youth” in The Journal of Pediatrics, Volume 146, Number 6 (June 2005). Read More!

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