Let’s give children back their childhood.
Children are spending less time outdoors than ever before. “Let’s Talk” is a new online talk show asking QUESTIONS, getting ANSWERS so that YOU can take ACTION!
We ALL have a part to play in this revolution. Watch the videos:…
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A recent article posted on the Medscape website was written by liver specialist and medical director of the liver transplant unit of the University of Cinncinatti. William Balistreri, M.D. The article was entitled "Can high fructose corn syrup exacerbate liver disease?"
Dr Balistreri presents a number of concerns about the common practice of adding high fructose corn syrup to beverages and other highly processed foods. One concern discussed was that a person will not feel full…Continue
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Adapted excerpts from Eady's keynote to the Florida Naturopathic Physicians Association Annual Meeting, May 8th, 2010 in Delray Beach, FL. On Oct 1, Eady discussed the topic more directly about engaging Special Needs Youth in stimulating out-of-classroom activity at the Kids Included Together National Ctr for Inclusivity Trng…Continue
It happens so often after a trip. Your child is scratching, fidgeting and you see a bump on his or her skin.
Your child may not remember what caused the spot or may be too young to tell you. Here is a little primer on what to look for and when to see the pediatrician.
Mosquito bites- The familiar raised wealts, on exposed areas are frequently mosquito bites. Although usually no more than a nuisance in the northern United States, these insects cause numerous diseases in…Continue
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The nation’s favourite choir boy, Gareth Malone, returned to our screens to complete a new mission - decreasing the literacy gap between the sexes. To do so he has used the outdoors and a range of
unconventional teaching methods. Malone believes that school is not dynamic enough for boys and that by making lessons fun,…
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Let's Move Outside is a complementary program launched by the USA's First Lady in the Spring of 2010 to help solve the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation.…
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Need to add a bit of excitement to outdoor adventures? Try listing all your options on 3X5 cards and letting kids choose a card (without looking) Cards should be reviewed ahead of time to ensure that choices are seasonally appropriate, age appropriate, and compatible with available equipment, available personnel and present weather conditions. Be prepared to negotiate if the kids really want something different. A few to start you off.....
Fly a kite
For those exploring options and development of transformational gardens: Therapeutic and/or Schoolyard.
The Therapeutic Landscapes Network's (TLN) new site is up.
It includes a directory of designers and consultants, a comprehensive list of articles/links and a handsome reference section.
Topiary at the Legacy Emanuel Children’s Hospital Garden. Photo by Max Sokol
This is an excerpt from a recent Therapeutic Landscapes Network Blog post. Please click…Continue
I have shelves and shelves of gardening books. Old books, new books, red books, blue books. ( I may have a few Dr Seuss books as well) I have books set up like calendars of gardening, books about herbs, books about crafts from the garden, books about vines and books about trees, birds and rocks... I have one book that is just a bit DIFFERENT from all the rest.
Most of the general gardening books have chapters about digging and composting, chapters about planting seedlings and…Continue
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“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” -- George Bernard Shaw
Speaking with parents I frequently hear about kids with recurring abdominal pains, constipation and other belly discomforts. Many kids will refuse to exercise when they are uncomfortable and this may worsen over time. In order for kids to be healthy and happy, we need to understand a bit about the gut physiology, and need to promote healthy eating.
Certain medical problems increase the risk of recurring abdominal pains. Hypotonia (frequently associated with developmental…Continue
As autumn rolls in, take time to encourage your little "human squirrels" to frolic and play amongst the leaves.
Mother Nature has some lesson to bestow via our furry friends~~~
by R. T. Eady
Like most people who have bird feeders, I've squired to steer squirrels from…
The Leaf Dancer
Take a walk and see what you can find below the trees.
Chestnuts, acorns and lot’s of leaves.
Down by the lake, hunt for rocks in the Autumn breeze.
Why not try making one of these….
Nature friends dancing
Acorn Boy and…Continue
A lament from the Children and Nature Network is that in the last score or so of years children of the digital age have become increasingly disenfranchised from the natural environment, sometimes with perilous implications, not only for their physical fitness,…Continue
ContinueBloggers Note:The entry below was written to initiate our community-vested garden project at the City of Delray Beach, FL Park and Recreation site called Veterans Park. Delray Beach is referred to as the "village by the sea". For those interested in creating community gardens, we found clearly outlining the part people can play vital to moving our project forward. The second…