The Main Line Canal Greenway offers so many ways of engaging with nature through resources within and connected to the corridor:
With that in mind, we wanted to share some of the health benefits associated with human interaction with the natural world. As always, remember to support the work of environmental partners. A starting point for connecting to local stewardship efforts can be found at https://mainlinecanalgreenway.org/get-connect/environmental/
The following article is reprinted with permission from the Natural Wildlife Federation. For fully annotated article, go to http://www.nwf.org/What-We-Do/Kids-and-Nature/Why-Get-Kids-Outside/Health-Benefits.aspx
Remember playing outside until mom called you in for dinner? Today’s kids probably won’t.
In the last two decades, childhood has moved indoors. The average American boy or girl spends as few as 30 minutes in unstructured outdoor play each day, and more than seven hours each day in front of an electronic screen.
This shift inside profoundly impacts the wellness of our nation’s kids. Childhood obesity rates have more than doubled the last 20 years; the United States has become the largest consumer of ADHD medications in the world; and pediatric prescriptions for antidepressants have risen precipitously.
Our kids are out of shape, tuned out and stressed out, because they’re missing something essential to their health and development: connection to the natural world.