Archive for December 31st, 2012

Outdoor Resolution: Healthier

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Image courtesy of Children and Nature Network

Image courtesy of Children and Nature Network

This is Passport to Texas

There’s big push to get children outdoors. But kids aren’t the only ones who benefit from fresh air and sunshine. Survey says: People of all ages – young and old – can achieve a better quality of life by spending time in the wide open spaces…as well as the forested spaces…or watery spaces…or even urban spaces with a patch of green. Outreach and Education director, Nancy Herron, shares some thoughts.

38— When you spend time outdoors you can be healthier, happier and smarter. What do we mean by that? Well, actually there is a lot of research that’s out there that shows that people of all ages actually do have benefits from being outside in nature, and that does include improvements to your health, your stress level, your sense of self esteem and confidence. Even being more cooperative. Can you believe that? Communities are more cooperative; families bond better in the out of doors. These are interesting things that we now know that we took for granted, and we just didn’t realize. That there’s a whole bevy of benefits from being outdoors.

Nancy Herron returns next week to offer New Year’s resolutions that will get you outdoors and help to make you and yours healthier… happier…and smarter.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.