It’s time to turn off the T.V., put down your cell phone, and hit pause on that video game because it’s time for your daily dose of green space!

What is Green Space?

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Green space is any open piece of land covered with grass, trees, shrubs, or other plants. Green Space can be anything from parks, gardens, playgrounds, or schoolyards.

Why is getting Green Space Important?

Today, children are spending an increasing amount of time indoors instead of outdoors because of the increased popularity of television, video games, cell phones and other electronic devices. As a result, there have been growing cases of “outdoor deprivation disorder” or “nature deficit disorder” which can lead to deficits in academic and developmental growth in addition to obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease. It’s also important to go outdoors and get some fresh air! Getting some fresh air has been shown to improve your blood pressure and heart rate, clean your lungs, give you more energy and make you happier!

What are the Benefits of Getting Green Space?

Our bodies absorb sunlight in order to make Vitamin D so the more exposure to sunlight you get, the greater your Vitamin D levels increase. Vitamin D, known as the “sunshine vitamin” is important for maintaining good health like strong bones and teeth and preventing disease!

How can I get some Green Space?

  • Run around in your backyard
  • Go to your neighborhood park
  • Visit a state or national park
  • Join a sports team
  • Plant a garden

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and get some green space!