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Getting Kids Outdoors Makes Them Happier, Healthier – and Smarter

Medill Reports – October 31, 2012
By Alicia Swanstrom

Getting Kids Outdoors Makes Them Happier, Healthier – and Smarter To Liza Sullivan, a mother of two, the Earth is more than the grass beneath her feet. It’s a place where her children foster creativity and confidence, develop character traits like empathy and resilience and learn the importance of taking risks. The quality of her twins’ growth is rooted in their time outdoors, she said. So much so that two years ago, Sullivan decided against her kids’ last year of preschool, quit her job as the associate vice president of education at the Chicago Children’s Museum, and decided to use that time to teach the then-3 1/2 year olds on…
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