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How Access to Nature During The School Year Can Help Students Thrive

KQED News Mind/Shift – Leah Shaffer

“Time outdoors is valuable for a child’s development. With the ever-expanding increase in time spent watching screens, children suffer from “nature deficit disorder,” a term coined by author Richard Louv in his book “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.” Louv connects the rise of obesity, along with increased psychological and academic problems, to decline in outdoor time. Exposure to nature contributes to “emotional restoration, decreases stress, can decrease symptoms of anxiety, can elevate mood,” according to Cathy Jordan, research director for the Children & Nature Network, a nonprofit organization Louv founded to reconnect children with nature. “Kids who get to experience this kind of play and learning are happier, healthier and smarter,” she said.”(more)

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