Each year at the top of my Christmas list is something I could very easily buy myself, but it’s always such a treat to receive it. I know a whole year of presents is waiting for me with this simple, sticky piece of paper. It’s an annual permit to any one of our fabulous county parks. It costs $10, but to me it’s priceless.
It’s hard for me to say what my favorite book is, but one at the top of my list is The Nature Principle by Richard Louv. The subtitle is Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age. The author ponders whether our growing attachment to technology may lead to a “posthuman era” in which people are “enhanced” by it. He writes, “a reconnection to the natural world is fundamental to human health, well-being, spirit and survival.” To this my soul responds, “Let’s GO THERE!!”
I’m not an expert, but I haven’t been able to find anyone in the medical field who assures me that sitting in a chair in front of a computer more than eight hours a day is healthy. While I haven’t asked any experts in theology, religion or spirituality, I just know being “plugged in” that many hours each day is soul-numbing. I consider this as an adult. What are the implications for our children?
No doubt KYVAN Foods is all about great food, but we celebrate great health too, and encourage getting out to play!! And this goes for folks of ALL ages.
Particularly developed for kids, the NFL has created Play60, a campaign that encourages school age children to participate in active play at least 60 minutes a day. Participants earn MVP points that leads them to potentially, “Hall of Fame” status.
Another great program is Let’s Move, initiated by first lady, Michelle Obama. Similar to the NFL’s Play60, Let’s Move encourages children to participate in active play, and urges them outdoors to do so. Let’s Move also features sound nutrition and provides parents with information on healthy eating tips for the entire family.
And if you don’t have children? Of course, options are endless for good active play outdoors or indoors. Everyone benefits from at least 60 minutes of active play each day! Yes, check with your doctor, of course.
Being active with family and friends – or even on quiet solo walks in the park – make great stories and memories. Spring is here! Let’s get outdoors!