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National Environmental Education Foundation – January 03, 2014

Walking in Nature Prescription for Better Health

Walking in Nature Prescription for Better Health

By Leyla Erk McCurdy
Regular walking can have a tremendous positive impact on overall health and well-being. There are additional benefits in taking these walks in natural environments, such as parks, trails, and other green spaces. Studies have shown that people are more likely to walk and be physically active, as well as enjoy higher levels of health and well-being when they have easily accessible green spaces in their communities.
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David Suzuki Foundation – July 23, 2013

Report Confirms Daily Dose of Nature Boosts Happiness, Wellbeing

Report Confirms Daily Dose of Nature Boosts Happiness, Wellbeing

By David Suzuki Foundation
In May, more than 10,000 Canadians and over 250 workplaces participated in the David Suzuki Foundation's 30×30 Nature Challenge. The national program challenged participants to commit to getting out into nature for 30 minutes a day for 30 consecutive days. Researchers found that participants doubled their time in nature and increased their happiness. [+]

Campaign/Initiative | Event

Sierra Club MIssion Outdoors – April 16, 2013

Celebrating Our Military Families in North Carolina

Celebrating Our Military Families in North Carolina

By Mission Outdoors Blog
Sierra Club Celebration of the Military Child Outdoors gets families outside in N. Carolina. [+]

Regional Updates | National | Access

Sierra Club – April 01, 2013

Outdoor and Military Organizations Come Together for a Month-Long Celebration of Our Nation’s Youngest Heroes

Outdoor and Military Organizations Come Together for a Month-Long Celebration of Our Nation’s Youngest Heroes

By Rebecca Silver
Hundreds of military families gather to celebrate Month of the Military Child. [+]

Commentary | Health

Huffington Post, Parents – April 17, 2014

Your Couch Is Far More Dangerous Than You Think

Your Couch Is Far More Dangerous Than You Think

By Ben Klasky
Ben Klasky, President and CEO of IslandWood, wonders how our culture became so fearful of letting kids play on their own outdoors that we actively keep them inside. Looking at the numbers, he suggests perhaps that fear is misplaced. [+]

Resource

Philly.com – April 16, 2014

6 Family Activities to Get Your Kids Excited for Spring

6 Family Activities to Get Your Kids Excited for Spring

By Heather Manning
Across the United States, families are anxiously awaiting spring. Mother Heather Manning of Bethlehem, Pa. shares some of her family's favorite outdoor activities that get her kids excited for being outdoors in warmer weather. [+]

Press Release | Campaign/Initiative | Leadership

The Joint Center – April 15, 2014

Joint Center Partners with Children & Nature Network

Joint Center Partners with Children & Nature Network

By Autumn Saxton-Ross
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is partnering with The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) to improve the health outcomes for all communities. The aim is to leverage the knowledge and expertise of each organization’s network to promote access to green spaces. [+]

Regional Updates | National | Health

Health IT Buzz – April 08, 2014

Park Rx: Using Technology to Connect Us to Nature

Park Rx: Using Technology to Connect Us to Nature

By James Daniel
Dr. Robert Zarr, a practicing primary care pediatrician in Washington D.C., is prescribing time outdoors to help his patients combat obesity and other health problems. His leadership is part of a public health initiative called Park RX in the National Park Service’s (NPS) Healthy Parks Healthy People US initiative. [+]

Regional Updates | International | Research & Studies | Access

The Nature Conservancy – April 03, 2014

Parents Worldwide Agree: Our Kids Need More Nature

Parents Worldwide Agree: Our Kids Need More Nature

By Sarita Bhargava
A new study shows parents worldwide are concerned about their children's lack of time in nature. Sarita Bhargava outlines what's keeping our kids indoors, the risks of Nature Deficit Disorder, and how parents can get their children more connected with the great outdoors. [+]

Press Release | Research & Studies

The Nature Conservancy – April 02, 2014

New Survey Shows Gravity of a Growing, Global Parental Concern: Kids Aren’t Spending Enough Time in Nature

New Survey Shows Gravity of a Growing, Global Parental Concern: Kids Aren’t Spending Enough Time in Nature

By Anonymous
A new global study by The Nature Conservancy found that for parents in the U.S., lack of time outdoors for children is as concerning as bullying, obesity and education; and seen as an important issue to address. [+]

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Joint Center Partners with Children & Nature Network

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C&NN Publications

As part of our ongoing efforts to build the movement, the Children & Nature Network has published these resources for leaders, organizers, and participants at the local, national, and international levels:

2010 C&NN Report
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Children and Nature 2009: A Report on the Movement to Reconnect Children to the Natural World
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C&NN Community Action Guide: Building the Children & Nature Movement from the Ground Up
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