Playing Outside Makes Kids Happier, Healthier And Smarter (But 7 Minutes A Day Isn't Enough)
Research suggests that a lack of exposure to the great outdoors can lead to a number of maladies, from obesity and vitamin deficiency to ADHD, anxiety and depression.
While not a medical diagnosis, the phrase "nature-deficit disorder" has been used to describe the consequences of human alienation from nature.
What factors contribute to the epidemic of inactivity afflicting children today, and what can be done to reverse society's nature deficiency?
How can parents and caregivers provide a safe and fulfilling outdoor experience for children?
- Todd Beasley, director of programs for San Antonio Botanical Garden
- Jennifer Bristol, coordinator for Texas Children in Nature
- Richard Louv, co-founder of the Children & Nature Network and author of "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder"