Leave No Child Inside movement gains momentum!
USA Weekend | November 18, 2007
The movement to reconnect children and nature is growing daily. Local initiatives continue to spring up all over the country, including Wilmington and Columbus here in Ohio. The weekend section of USA today, with readership of 47.5 million people, recently featured a special report on “Raising Healthier Kids”. The article included interviews with USA Weekend’s health expert and Dallas Cooper Clinic president, Tedd Mitchell, MD, Martha Farrell Erickson, PhD, director of the Center for Early Education and Development at the University of Minnesota and Richard Louv, author of “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder”. It includes information on studies which show that nature can 1) be a stress reducer; 2) make kids more focused; and 3) enhance a child’s emotional and social development.