Imagine a dietary supplement that has a calming effect on children and increases their attention span. At the end of the school year, this supplement would be worth its weight in gold! And if it also reduced hyperactivity, parents would line up to buy it. But don’t tell them they can get it for free.
Let me Introduce you to Vitamine «N», as in Nature!
Children don’t spend enough time playing outdoors anymore. They don’t have as much contact as they used to with the natural world around them. Many recent studies show that contact with nature and free play significantly impact a child’s health and development. Richard Louv is an American journalist and author of the international bestseller: Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder (2005). He was the first to talk about nature deficit and how many children suffer from it. He looked at several scientific studies and all of them show that contact with nature is essential to the physical and emotional development of children and adults alike.
Richard Louv developed the Children & Nature Network, a rallying movement aimed at encouraging children to enjoy nature. For instance, it states: «Together we can create a world where every child can play, learn and grow in nature».
«Imagine a world where spending time in nature is prescribed more often than antidepressants». Daniel Augier - Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de l’Estrie.
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