Today’s urban generation suffers from lack of interaction with nature. As city people, we often neglect the importance of the occasional trip to park. What more of our kids?
Being around nature and being able to let loose in play is vital part of a child’s development. Studies have shown that children who live in greener environments are more resilient and better able to cope with stressful life events. Children in greener neighborhoods also weigh less and gain less weight than similar children in less green neighborhoods.
In fact, quite frankly there are tons of benefits to be gained from the simple experience of just going to the park. Just check out these findings.
A Dutch study of more than 10,000 households in the Netherlands, found that the less green a person’s environment was, the more likely there were to be lonely or report a lack of social support.
Japanese researchers found that just 15 minutes of walking in a forest environment resulted in less stress along with lower cortisol levels, pulse rate and blood pressure.
In another study, children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) had better concentration after a 20-minute walk in the park than if that walk had been taken through a neighborhood or downtown setting.
Several diseases are less prevalent in greener neighborhoods, including depression, asthma, stroke and migraines.
There’s clearly good precedent for being around green. Study after study has shown that being around green, especially in our urban environment is important, and it can lead to less crime, less stress, and better health. With such scientific data, can you really afford to not let your kids out to the park every once in a while?