Health Strategy 2: One Hour of Outdoor Play

HEALTH – There is growing evidence of the physical and mental health benefits of contact with nature, as outlined earlier in this report. Spending time in nature is free, requires no special equipment, is something that nearly everyone can do and offers not only the opportunity for increased physical activity, but also stress relief and experiential learning. That makes it a perfect fit for initiatives aimed at improving public health. These strategies will advance public health priorities while increasing the amount of time children spend in the natural world:

Strategy #2: Encourage and support programs which provide training and materials to pediatricians on the importance of one hour of daily outdoor play.