Benefits of Playing Outside

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Benefits of Playing Outside
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Tue, 05-07-2013 - 3:50pm

Not only can getting some exercise outdoors reduce stress and boosts your immune system, it can also help with hyperactivity: 

Kids with ADHD who play outside regularly have milder hyperactivity symptoms, according to studies at the University of Illinois. Get your kid outside for a 20 minute walk and he will be able to concentrate better.

Read more: http://www.ivillage.com/it-calms-adhd-symptoms-and-other-reasons-kids-need-play-outside/4-a-535586

I'll have to try this with my son.  Even though he's not hyperactive, I'm curious if gettign some exercise before sitting down to work on schoolwork will make him focus better. 

What do you think?

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Wed, 06-05-2013 - 7:16am

Oh this has been thorn in my side for YEARS and it keeps getting worse. I do find it entertaining trying to watch VP control the running in the morning. Its like watching someone try to plug a dam and the parents just stand around. No agrees with the no running. The funny thing is the state now requires them to take the BMI not every year just select grades. So you can tell us our kids are overweight but you won't let them excerise?!?!

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Registered: 09-12-2003
Wed, 06-05-2013 - 7:16am

Oh this has been thorn in my side for YEARS and it keeps getting worse. I do find it entertaining trying to watch VP control the running in the morning. Its like watching someone try to plug a dam and the parents just stand around. No agrees with the no running. The funny thing is the state now requires them to take the BMI not every year just select grades. So you can tell us our kids are overweight but you won't let them excerise?!?!

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Tue, 05-21-2013 - 1:40pm
Are you kidding me? That is horrible, horrible, horrible! The school my youngest attends has made tremendous strides in test scores because of programs they've implemented, including one that has the children do exercises before they go into the reading resource room. They use the S'cool Moves program, and it works. I can't get over those restrictions, that is completely nuts. Our kids are all over the place at recess, and whenever we pick out new playground equipment, we try to make sure to maximize the types of movements they are doing so that they are getting a complete workout.

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Fri, 05-17-2013 - 6:45am

Oh I need to send this to my son's VP. They can "play" at recess as long as there is no running, jumping, ball throwing (don't ask exactly what they do at recess) Plus recess has been cut to just 10 min. they are so concerned with cramming more acedemics and keeping kids "safe" they are missing the fundementals of childhood...

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