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Green campuses and healthy minds


The American Psychiatric Association is sharing research that demonstrates that green space around schools is directly associated with reduced ADHD symptoms.

They cite a recent study with these key points:

Is greenness surrounding schools and kindergartens associated with symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder among children?

In this large cross-sectional study of 59 754 Chinese children, attendance at schools or kindergartens in greener areas was associated with lower odds of having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms.

These findings may be useful for policy makers and health care professionals to develop strategies (eg, planning for green spaces around schools and kindergartens) to mitigate the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder burden.

Gordon students play and learn outside at least twice a day, year-round, on a twelve acre campus that is 70% open space.

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