We've all heard of kids with attention deficit disorder.
Well, what about nature deficit disorder?
San Diego-based author Richard Louv coined the term in his book Last Child in the Woods and came to the Okanagan this weekend to explain it.
"Never before in human history have children lived so remote from nature," said Louv at a Community Action Toward Children's Health event Saturday at Kelowna's Rotary Centre for the Arts.
"As computers take over more of our lives, it is so important to get kids outside for activity and play where they are engaged and use their imagination. It's proven that time outside helps kids learn better, have fewer colds and flus, lessens symptoms of attention deficit disorder and generally improves their health."
Don't use winter as an excuse not to get the kids outside either.
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