Kids Outside

Children’s overall health is positively affected by connections to outdoor spaces. This is essential for a healthy balance with technology use (photo courtesy: Paul Kimpling)

For the first time in history, most of our children are growing without a real connection to nature. Nature-Deficit Disorder was recognized in 2005 in the book, "Last Child in The Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder." Nature-Deficit Disorder isn’t a medical diagnosis, but it is a term recognizing an urgent problem. Richard Louv coined the term, and it was recognized by many as a call to action — to save children from losing a connection to nature.

Urbanization and technological advancements are a trend, but the resulting gap between the natural world and children creates concern. Since the recognition of Nature-Deficit Disorder, numerous scientific studies have shown that disconnection from nature can result in diminished use of the senses, higher obesity rates, attention difficulties and a range of illnesses.

Lucas Vader is the managing editor at the Delta County Independent.

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