childhood obesity

Changing the Way Our Children Eat at School

  According to the American Heart Association 1 in 3 American kids and teens is overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963.  With good reason, childhood obesity is …

More and more kids are using mobile devices. By 'digitizing the outdoors,' it may be possible to harness that trend and connect more people to nature. (flickr | gnta)

Digitizing the Outdoors: Can Gaming be the Gateway to Nature?

Children today are spending alarming amounts of their time indoors and in front of screens—7.5 hours per day on electronic devices. Research suggests that ADHD and other behavioral issues are …

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Children and Nature: What We Know, What We Are Learning & What We Need To Do

My colleagues and I here at Texas A&M University, along with researchers at the University of Tennessee and the National Forest Service, have been collaborating over the last few years to develop and conduct studies to increase our understanding of that relationship.

The new Healthy Living pathway is designed to provide schools with tools to promote physical activity,  regular time outdoors and creative play.

Eco-Schools USA’s Healthy Living Pathway to Get Students Outside and Active

Schools prepare students for the future, and a lifetime of good health is one of the most important legacies we can give to our children. Unfortunately, America’s youth are up …

It's important for parents to instill a love of the outdoors early in their kids' lives (flickr | dmhergert)

Study: Many Young Kids’ Parents Don’t Take Them Outside

U.S. Forest Service Announces $1 Million in Kids and Nature…

Healthy Kids from Day One sponsor Sen. Mark Udall greets a friend on National Get Outdoors Day Denver, in Denver's City Park (flickr | SenatorMarkUdall)

Healthy Kids from Day One Act Introduced to Fight the…

Glacier National Park in Montana (flickr | Meredith Rendall Photography)

National Parks Can Help Make America’s Kids Healthier…and That Helps Parks, Too.

A lot happened at America’s Summit on National Parks, which met this week in the large, confusing Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington. Its purpose was plan …

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Yes, Kids Watch a Lot of TV, But We Shouldn’t Give Up on Getting Them Outside

The scariest thing about television may not be the array of monster movies lined up on basic cable this month. A new report from Common Sense Media (PDF ) finds that …

Outdoor Nation Ambassador Juan Herrera tells his story (photo by Marine Jaouen, NWF)

“I Would Be Dead” Without The Colorado Flatirons: Great Outdoors as Lifeline

The centerpiece of yesterday’s Outdoors Alliance for Kids-hosted briefing on reconnecting Americans with the outdoors may have been the announcement that Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) …

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