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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:

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

Findings  
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.

Meaning  
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.

More on Gordon's one-hundred-and-ten-year commitment to outdoor learning at www.gordonschool.org/outdoors
 

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