The National Wildlife Federation confirms in a new report that being crazy is bad for your kids’ health — I mean, kids should play outside. The NWF explains:
[C]hildren who spend the better part of their free time in the company of their sterile hi-tech gadgets rather than playing outside, are more vulnerable to obesity, ADHD, vitamin D deficiency and depression.
In addition to suggesting kids draw in the mud, make mud pies, and build mud castles, the NWF points out the following:
A friendly bacteria found in soil helps produce serotonin, which enhances feelings of well-being, much the same way that antidepressant drugs and exercise do, according to a 2007 Bristol University study.
I understand my dog a little better now. I think I’ll go dig a hole.