|Report: <i>The Dirt on Dirt: How Getting Dirty Outdoors Benefits Kids</i>|
|Post Date:||September 11, 2019|
While many times getting our hands dirty is frowned upon, Be Out There has some new facts and figures that may have you throwing your kids into the nearest mud puddle.
In our report The Dirt on Dirt: How Getting Dirty Outdoors Benefits Kids, we reveal how getting down and dirty in the great outdoors -- far from being a bad thing -- helps children lead happier, healthier lives.
But here's the dirty little secret:
Unfortunately, boys and girls today spend the better part of their time, seven hours per day on average (Rideout, 2010), indoors, in the sterile company of technology, rather than following their in-born impulses to explore the natural world with their senses. This indoor childhood is damaging to kids. In fact, in the last twenty years as kids spent less and less time outside, childhood obesity rates more than doubled (CDC, 2008), the United States became the largest consumer of ADHD medications in the world (Sax, 2000), 7.6 million U.S. children are vitamin D deficient (Kumar, 2000), and the use of antidepressants in pediatric patients rose sharply (Delate, 2004).
When kids do leave the house, a growing body of research suggests the exact things we do in the name of protecting them from dirt and germs, such as not letting them get too messy and frequently using hand sanitizers and antibacterial products, can inhibit their mental and physical health and resilience.
For the Health of it
The Joy of Dirt
To Download the Full Report (pdf), go to http://www.nwf.org/Be-Out-There/Why-Be-Out-There/Dirt-is-Great.aspx.
|Author:||National Wildlife Federation's (NWF) Be Out There campaign|
|Length in pages or time:||12 pp.|
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|Order information or contact:||National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Be Out There Campaign PO Box 1583 Merrifield, VA 22116-1583 1-800-822-9919 http://www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Be-Out-There.aspx|
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