I first heard of the Leave No Child Inside Movement while listening to Dr. Mike's PediaCAST, a pediatric podcast for parents. If you haven't checked out the podcast yet, be sure to Google it and listen to topics that are close to hearts of parents, explained by a doctor in a way that you will surely understand.
Anyway, the Leave No Child Inside Movement episode aims to get children outdoors and get them connected with nature. Instead of sitting in front of the computer everyday (estimated at 7.5 hours every day) , children need to unplug and get at least an hour each day outside in free play and outdoor learning. According to one of the guests, Dr. James McDonald (sports medicine specialist at Nationwide Children's Hospital), the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends an hour of moderate or vigorous activity for all kids everyday. The Leave No Child Inside movement aims to spread the word about the importance and health benefits of letting kids play outside for at least an hour every day.
I love the idea behind the Leave No Child Inside Movement. And when I listened to this podcast, I began to be more conscious of how much time the kids are spending outdoors. Not that I'm able to send them outside everyday, but I'm getting there. There's a conscious effort now on my part to walk with them around the small subdivision we live in and point out things to them.
Trips to nature parks and participating in nature camps are ideal, and creation of playscapes are recommended. But for me, since we don't have anything here in the subdivision, just a playground would do. It would be great to have that within our subdivision. When I was a kid, we were at the playground every day after school. And of course, a safe playground is what we need, so if the homeowner association would try to build one, I would ask the HOA president to check out swing set hardware at SwingforSwingSet.com so she'll have an idea of what she'll need.
If you want to learn more about the Leave No Child Inside Movement, listen to Dr. Mike's PediaCAST Episode 254 and check out the Show Notes to be redirected to their site.