Caregivers and Adults part of children's life,
come and Join a conversation
related to benefits of outdoor play for children
with Dr. Bill Copeland, local Pediatician
Tuesday April 12
Greenfield Family Center
90 Federal St.

 "Tony sits focused on his computer screen. Keisha's watching her favorite television program. And Kim is enthusiastically playing video games. What do these three scenarios have in common? They're all taking place indoors - a situation becoming more and more typical in the lives of children.


The outdoors is the very best place for kids to practice and master emerging physical skills. It is in the outdoors that children can fully and freely experience motor skills like running, leaping, and jumping. It is also the most appropriate area for the practice of ball-handling skills, like throwing, catching, and striking. And children can perform other such manipulative skills as pushing a swing, pulling a wagon, and lifting and carrying movable objects.


Additionally, it is in the outdoors that children are likely to burn the most calories, which helps prevent obesity, a heart disease risk factor that has doubled in the past decade. With studies showing that as many as half of American children are not getting enough exercise-- and that risk factors like hypertension and arteriosclerosis are showing up at age 5-- parents and teachers need to give serious consideration to ways in which to prevent such health problems. The outside is also important because the outdoor light stimulates the pineal gland, the part of the brain that regulates the "biological clock," is vital to the immune system, and makes us feel happier.".



From: Article published by Early Childhood news- Rae Pica.


Dinner  will be served at 5:30pm

Childcare and transportation offered

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