In the last post, I shared memories of my first days back to school. The sights, sounds and smells of nature featured prominently for me and I wondered if today’s students are being deprived of the opportunity to appreciate nature’s beauty because they are often driven to and from school or walk plugged into iPods or MP3 players.
In fact, I’m not alone in my concern. Child advocacy expert, Richard Louv has written a book called Last child in the woods : saving our children from nature-deficit disorder. In his book, Louv shares some startling facts – “by the 1990s the radius around the home where children were allowed to roam on their own had shrunk to a ninth of what it had been in 1970. Today, average eight-year-olds are better able to identify cartoon characters than native species, such as beetles and oak trees, in their own community. The rate at which doctors prescribe antidepressants to children has doubled in the last five years, and recent studies show that too much computer use spells trouble for the developing mind.”
And, it’s not just children who need to reunite with nature. Adults also spend so little time outdoors that Vitamin D deficiency is becoming a serious health problem. Nature has a restorative effect and is very important to our well-being. So the next time your grandchildren visit, why not plan a walk along the beach, in the woods or introduce them to hiking on groomed trails. It’s free and you can do it year round!
Until next time,
Your Boomer Life Partners
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