02 Sep '12, 2pm
The Dirt On Dirt
Americas obesity epidemic has health officials clamoring to get kids off the couch and onto the playground, but surprisingly its not just weight thats at stake when we live a bubble-boy lifestyle at home. In an effort not to expose kids to germs, were actually not exposing them to enough germs–impairing their immune systems, fostering allergies, and causing asthma and other autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and type-one diabetes during adulthood. Kids need to go outside so they can get dirty and come in contact with all the healthy microbes and germs that will ultimately prevent illness. The benefits of diving into a mud puddle go way past our precious immune systems. Seattle Childrens Dr. Pooja Tandon writes, Research shows that outdoor time is important for childrens physical activity and also beneficial for their motor skills, learning, vitamin D l...