Friday, August 8, 2014

More Doctors Order Kids to Get Outside

A growing number of pediatricians are giving children a new type of prescription—GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY!

I have to admit that it makes me sad to be living in a time when doctors have to order kids to get outside and play.  But at least these doctors are taking action.  They see the problem, they understand it, and in some cases their prescriptions are having positive effects.

The Boston Globe highlighted the use of such prescriptions in one Massachusetts community.  “Many kids today don’t get outside enough, especially those without generous backyards or parents eager to lead them on nature walks.  So area pediatricians are increasingly writing prescriptions to encourage kids and teens to spend time outside, particularly during the summer months, when the weather is good and the lack of structured activity can lead to weight gain.”  Read the full article HERE.

Do what the doctor ordered.  Get outside.  Take your kids.  Get mud on your feet!