02 Sep '12, 2pm

The Dirt On Dirt

The Dirt On Dirt

America’s obesity epidemic has health officials clamoring to get kids off the couch and onto the playground, but surprisingly it’s not just weight that’s at stake when we live a “bubble-boy” lifestyle at home. In an effort not to expose kids to germs, we’re 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 Children’s Dr. Pooja Tandon writes, “Research shows that outdoor time is important for children’s physical activity and also beneficial for their motor skills, learning, vitamin D l...

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