- December 07, 2007


The (C&NN) was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working to reconnect children with nature. C&NN provides access to the latest news and research in the field and a peer-to-peer network of researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children's health and well-being.

Health

Children & Nature get front page coverage in USA Weekend Magazine.

Children & Nature get front page coverage in USA Weekend Magazine.

Mother Nature: Raising healthier kids. Getting your kids back in touch with the great outdoors can improve their health and well-being. Recess, soccer practice, the neighborhood playground -- all are great avenues for getting our kids up and out. But when it comes to their mental as well as physical well-being, children need something else, something elemental: They need nature. [+]

Health

Autumn leaf-pile jumping makes kids smarter

Autumn leaf-pile jumping makes kids smarter

One mother remembers what it was like during the leaf season, when her kids gave a whoop and they all took flying leaps into an SUV size pile of leaves. Home life has gotten more complicated she acknowledges, but we still need to make time for catching bugs and watching the clouds go by. [+]

Health

Kids Picking TV Over Trees

Kids Picking TV Over Trees

The Nature Conservancy-funded study reveals more evidence of a growing trend; children spending more time inside, with consequences for human health, national parks and the environmental movement. This new research raises questions about children's health and the future of conservation. [+]

Health | Resource

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says free and unstructured play is healthy and essential

This report offers guidelines on how pediatricians can advocate for children by helping families, school systems, and communities consider how best to ensure play is protected as they seek the balance in children’s lives to create the optimal developmental milieu. [+] [PDF]

Health

Today's young people are wired and worried

In today's childhood there is an overabundance of stimulation and a shortage of soothers. Meet Generation W — "w" for wired and worried. In this whirlwind of wires and wireless, author Joseph Cramer, M.D. offers four steps to wind down the worried. [+]

Health | Leadership

American Public Health Association features a front page article on the movement

American Public Health Association features a front page article on the movement

The October Issue of The Nation’s Health, The official newspaper of the American Public Health Association, features a front page article on the children and nature movement and the intersection between healthy people and a healthy environment. [PDF]