31 Jan '16, 7pm

Kids who play outside actually think better than those who don't

Kids who play outside actually think better than those who don't

A study published on Sept. 29 has demonstrated the importance of school recess - and not merely for health reasons. We know getting kids outdoors helps them be healthier and happier . It also makes them more likely to care about wild lands later in life - but that's just the beginning of how much smarter they become. The research, published in Pediatrics , showed that children who play 70 minutes a day are able to think better than those who are more inactive. Scientists conducted the study with 109 7-to-9-year-old students in an after-school fitness program at the University of Illinois. Those who played outdoors were significantly faster and more accurate when given multitasking tests than those who were inactive. Brain scans also showed increased brain activity corresponding to paying attention during the tests. What's more is that the more times that the kids attended ...

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