April 22nd

Trio children showing their tongues

A systematic review of research conducted between 2012 and 2017 examined the association between access to green space and the mental well-being of children. Turns out that access to natural environments benefits children in a variety of ways. These include improved self-confidence, cognitive development, academic performance, and overall emotional well-being.

The scientists who conducted the review say their conclusions have implications for urban planners, healthcare providers, educators and families. In fact, specific recommendations were offered for pediatric nursing professionals. They include writing prescriptions for outdoor play, advocating for natural play spaces in the community, and collaborating with other stakeholders to develop ways to connect children with nature.

This is just one of many scientific reasons that being an “outsider” by spending time in the green spaces right in our backyard and communities is good for us…now more than ever before. Our backyards and community green spaces (while practicing social distancing practices) are safe places to reconnect with nature and de-stress while stay-at-home orders are in place.

To learn more about the many ways our yards provide purpose beyond being beautiful, go to TurfMutt.com.