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Every Kid Outdoors

Every Kid Outdoors
Exploring the Great Outdoors

In today's digital age, the average American child typically spends five to eight hours a day in front of screens and a mere 4 to 7 minutes engaged in outdoor play. This concerning trend, often referred to as "Nature deficit disorder," highlights the national crisis of children becoming increasingly disconnected from the natural world.

At Project Impact 180, we are addressing this issue through our year round  "Every Kid Outdoors" Initiative, which encourages youth to engage in non-digital activities. We promote family cooking nights, hiking, camping, creative writing, painting, rock climbing, and kayaking as alternatives to screen time.

Our initiative offers opportunities for youth to escape from their challenging, high-crime communities and immerse themselves in hands-on experiences in nature. For many of these young individuals, this represents a chance to see life from a different perspective. "Every Kid Outdoors" exposes them to the beauty of nature beyond their communities and conventional classrooms, creating lasting memories and fostering a deep appreciation for the natural world.

Why venture outdoors?

 

Children who spend time outdoors tend to be smarter, happier, more attentive, and less anxious than those who primarily stay indoors. Encouraging children's involvement in outdoor activities has been proven to:

1. Build confidence.
2. Teach responsibility.
3. Promote physical activity and movement.
4. Reduce stress and fatigue.
5. Stimulate critical thinking.
6. Improve overall mood.
7. Alleviate symptoms of ADHD.
8. Elevate the body's natural anti-depressant levels.

Let's guide our children towards a brighter, healthier future by embracing the great outdoors and rekindling their connection with the natural world.

 

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