It's Take Me Outside Day. Go Outside and Play.

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Colin Harris just finished nine months of running 4722 miles across Canada to promote the idea of getting outside. He and his new non-profit have declared the Take Me Outside Day to celebrate being outside. He writes:

A connection to nature and time spent outside is invaluable to building optimal mental, emotional, social and physical health for every child and youth. Research supports the links between a child’s connection with nature and their health. Increased outdoor time can be directly connected to improved physical activity levels, higher academic achievement, decreased child injury rates, increased attention spans, positive social interaction and increased engagement at school, home and in the community.

Today, over 15,000 students across Canada have committed to spending at least 45 minutes outside. Considering that they are usually spending an average of nearly eight hours a day in front of screens, that's a very big deal. They should go international.

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Tags: Canada | Health | Kids