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Battling Nature-Deficit Disorder: Outdoors Through The Ages

By Jenny Miller


Photo by Canco Park



Time in nature isn’t really an option. While it’s true that we can easily stay indoors 100% of the time, the truth is that being outside makes us healthier and happier. And when you have kids, it is your responsibility to ensure they have access to sunshine and fresh air no matter how old or young they may be. Here are some resources to help you avoid nature deficit disorder, a term many pediatricians use to describe the obesity, behavioral issues, and lack of activity associated with modern times.


Infants and Toddlers


Quality outdoor time starts now.


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School-Agers


Reinforce your children’s love of nature with these fun activities.


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Tweens and Teens


The older they get, the more adventures you can have together.


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As you can see, there is an entire world out there waiting to be explored, and you do not have to wait until your children are “old enough” to enjoy an adventure. These links can help you change the way your children live today. And in doing so, can help them be healthier moving into tomorrow and onward.


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