Archived Webinar: Children and Nature Initiative: Rx for Outdoor Activity
The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) recently hosted the Children and Nature Initiative: Rx for Outdoor Activity webinar. Over 200 health care providers, public land managers, and educators participated in this national webinar. Participants learned about the link between childhood obesity and sedentary lifestyle, the scientific basis for the physical and mental health benefits of nature, how to connect children and families to nature sites for outdoor activity and how to utilize NEEF's Children and Nature Initiative tools and resources www.neefusa.org/health/children_nature/resources. The webinar featured presentations by James Roberts, MD, MPH, Medical University of South Carolina and Leyla Erk McCurdy, NEEF's Senior Director of Health & Environment. View archived webinar.
Take the Common Core Outdoor: School gardens offer lessons beyond science and healthy eating as published in the Harvard Education Letter
By JANE S. HIRSCHI
When Michelle Obama planted a vegetable garden on the White House lawn with Bancroft Elementary students in 2009, she made the point that school gardens are a natural place for children to learn about local food systems and eating healthy food. Digging down into loam to discover sweet potatoes, nibbling on sweet lettuce, filling carts with luscious collard greens to give to the local food pantry-these images of schoolchildren in the garden have done as much as anything to elevate the profile of the school garden as a vehicle for children's good health.
There's something very important missing from this picture, however: the school garden as outdoor classroom.
How Public Health Degrees are Adapting to Health Challenges Posed by Climate Change
By Charlotte Kellogg
The National Gardening Association surveyed 2,559 households nationwide on their awareness of and interest in providing gardening activities to children at school. Nineteen percent were aware of gardening activities for students at their local school. That contrasts with a majority of households (55 percent) that said gardening activities should be implemented whenever possible (35 percent), or should be implemented in every school (20 percent). See pages 15 and 16 more more insights.