As we have discussed in previous posts, the U.S.
Richard Louv coined the term “nature-deficit disorder,” in his award winning book Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. He recounts how children are spending progressively less time outdoors in free, unstructured play, and how wide-ranging the negative repercussions might be as children disconnect from the natural world.
In April, we celebrate Earth Day. So much of what we do to at the Safe Routes Partnership not only benefits health and wellness, but is also good for the environment. I am using a BIG win in New Jersey as an example.
Kids need 60 minutes of physical activity a day to keep their heart and lungs healthy and maintain a healthy weight. Schools play a big role in encouraging active lifestyles for students of all ages, whether it’s walking and bicycling to school or being active at school and in the classroom.