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Published on May 22nd, 2005 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

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Go Outside and Play!

There’s a really interesting book review in today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch of Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, which “offers creative ways of getting children outdoors.” From the review, it sounds like the book is mainly concerned with childhood obesity and ADD, and offers ways to address these problems by getting kids into natural spaces. I also think (and I’m saying this without having read the book) that this is important for getting kids to recognize the interconnectedness of the “environment” and human life. While I don’t have any kids at home in the age range described, I think this is an important concept for parents with kids that not only spend a lot of time in front of the TV or computer, but also parents that drive their kids from one enclosed, regulated space to another.

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Jeff McIntire-Strasburg is the founder and editor of sustainablog. You can keep up with all of his writing at Facebook, and at



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