According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, today’s children spend an average of seven hours a day in front of some sort of electronic device, whether it’s a smart phone, tablet, television, computer screen or video game. Studies have shown this can lead to problems in school, obesity and other issues.
The health benefits of playing outside are so important that the National Wildlife Federation recently started the Get Out There movement, where parents can take an online pledge to help make sure their children get plenty of outside play.
Benefits of outdoor play include:
- Improved health - outdoor play increases fitness levels, which can help prevent obesity
- Improved vision - studies have shown children who spend time outdoors have better distance vision
- Better performance in school - physical activity has been proven to help boost performance and attention span in children
- Attaining/maintaining healthy body weight - outdoor play is a great way to combat or prevent childhood obesity
- Improved self confidence - being outdoors enhances social interactions, which can increase confidence
- Reduced stress - exposure to green spaces has been proven to minimize stress in children
- Good source of Vitamin D - some sun exposure helps prevent future bone issues, heart disease and diabetes
It’s recommended that children stay active for at least 60 minutes per day. But how can busy parents who work until past dinnertime ensure their kids are getting time outdoors?
Master-planned communities like Nocatee have outdoor activities built in, many within walking distance of one’s home. From the resort-style Splash Water Park and a 377-foot zip line to community parks, dog parks, greenway nature trails, swim club, running trails, fitness centers and planned events and activities, meeting the suggested 60 minutes of daily activity is not hard to achieve. Active communities help parents keep kids moving and engaged.
To learn more about the many benefits of living in a master-planned community, download this free e-book or call 1-800-NOCATEE.