Take Me Outside Day - What Does the Evidence Say?

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(Doug Gore) #1

The evidence is irrefutable. Children are healthier and happier when they have regular access to outdoor spaces. Here is what the experts say:

Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play (Canadian experts representing 16 organizations, reviewed and edited by more than 1,600 stakeholders, and fully endorsed by The Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health) - “Access to active play in nature and outdoors—with its risks—is essential for healthy child development. We recommend increasing children’s opportunities for self-directed play outdoors in all settings—at home, at school, in child care, the community and nature.”

But we have known this for a long time. Why do we continue to devalue it?

Position Statement - Active Outdoor Play.pdf (1.9 MB)