Welcome to the outdoors where life is so much better…

MISSION – Over the next several weeks, let’s take a better look between growing up as a kid in my generation as opposed to today’s kids. While we’re looking at this, let’s explore some really simple things you can do to improve your child’s chance of future health and success while making sure that he spends plenty of time playing outside >> after all, “Life is Better Outside”!

If you were to stop and think about it; you will probably be able to come up with a variety of ways why today’s generation is different from that of yesteryear’s.

20180627 Park Photo 0010One of the most drastic contrasts is the amount of time spent indoors! One might consider the lack of safe places to play outdoors; but when you stop to think about it, you might seriously consider the increase in time spent interacting with electronic games, the emphasis on scheduled activities and achievements and of course, we can’t forget about concerns of sun exposure. Is this found only in our kids? When you stop and think about it; adults are just as guilty of spending less time outdoors as well!

This week, let’s explore our first way playing outside can help our children:

• Sunshine! Mother Nature’s Radiance! Yes, exposure to our sun – – especially sun burns can in fact increase the chance of skin cancer. But!!! As it turns out, our bodies need sun! Vitamin D, hmmmm…. Exposure to the sun is essential in the creation of Vitamin D which plays a crucial role in our immune system. Research shows that sun shine aids in attaining a healthy sleep as well as our mood. You might be surprised to find out that our bodies will generally work best when they get some sunshine every day.

Join us next week as we explore other ways how playing outside can help our children. In the meantime, visit us for some free air as you enjoy a walk on our .46 mile walking trail at Hollis Rutledge Sr. Park located at 3404 North Inspiration Road.

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