With so much technology around and such busy lifestyles kids are spending less time outdoors and more time in front of screens. Another barrier to kids getting outside is parents may not feel comfortable with them going by themselves to the local park or even playing on their front lawn if they are unable to watch them.
Getting outdoors is so important for our physical and mental wellbeing. A recent study suggests that if we spend 30 minutes or more every week visiting parks and being outdoors, there is less chance of poor mental health than those who don’t.
Benefits of being outside include;
- Being more active, reducing risks of becoming overweight
- Improve immune systems by getting much needed vitamin D, important or bone and muscle development
- Improved concentration and memory
- Decreased risk of problem behaviour, anger and depressive symptoms
We believed it was necessary to create a program in our local area that encouraged kids to get outdoors and become more active. This term we launched our Mega Multi Sports and Games, at Koolyangarra Park. Kids are invited to participate in various activities whilst being supervised by Joe & Sami from our Youth Team. Ribbon Ball toss, Soccer and Basketball are a few of the activities that have featured so far.
Youth enjoy spending time with their friends, getting out in the sun and feeling safe. It is also a space for children to relax and have conversations whilst enjoying some fresh fruit and healthy snacks.
We have already had positive feedback from parents saying that it’s great to see their kids outside having fun.
If you are interested in coming along, be sure to contact our Youth Team.
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Mind Matters. 2016. Benefits of outdoor play for positive mental health.[ONLINE] Available at: https://www.mindmatters.edu.au/about-mindmatters/news/article/2016/07/05/benefits-of-outdoor-play-for-positive-mental-health. [ Accessed 7th November 2017]
The Sydney Morning Herald. 2010. Outdoor play linked to children’s mental health [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/diet-and-fitness/outdoor-play-linked-to-childrens-mental-health-20101008-16b4d.html. [Accessed 7th November 2017]
The Conversation. 2017. Five ways kids can benefit from being outside this summer break. [ONLINE] Available at: https://theconversation.com/five-ways-kids-can-benefit-from-being-outside-this-summer-break-69129. [Accessed 7th November 2017]