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Summer is officially in full swing, and we've been making the most of it with lots of fun, sun, and alfresco activity. Of course, finding the morning motivation to get up, get out, move, play, and soak it all in despite high temps and heat can be difficult for children and grown-ups, alike. Sometimes, it can be tempting to stay indoors with the AC blasting and the TV blaring. But once you do go outside you'll quickly be reminded why it's so important.

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Yes, Vitamin D, sunshine and fresh air is good for the body, mind, and soul. And that's not just fluff talk; according to experts the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) there are both broad and distinct mental, psychological, and physical health benefits to getting outside. 

5 Health-Boosting Reasons to Get Outside and Play

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Five Reasons to Play Outside

  1. Your lawn can make you happier! Our stress levels fall within minutes of seeing green spaces. Knowing and experiencing nature makes us generally happier, healthier people.
  2. Getting dirty is good for you! Mycobacterium vaccae in soil mirrors the effect on neurons that Prozac provides. Give your kids a pair of gardening gloves and have them work with you in your green spaces for a hefty dose of Vitamin N(ature) and G(reen). People who spend time gardening and have direct contact with soil feel more relaxed and happier.
  3. Exposure to natural settings may be widely effective in reducing attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in children. Children gain attention and working memory benefits when they are exposed to greenery.
  4. Living landscapes help people and pets be healthier. Playing outdoors increases fitness levels and builds healthy, active bodies. Research also shows that children reap numerous health, social and personal benefits from spending time outside playing.
  5. Your lawn produces lots of oxygen and cleans the air too. Fifty square feet of grass generates enough oxygen each day for a family of four, and reduces the “code red” effect since grass removes pollutants from the air we breathe.

Our outdoor living spaces offer great health benefits to us. Trees, shrubs, grass and flowering plants are integral to human health. They provide a place for children and pets to play and directly contribute to our mental and physical well-being. For more information please visit

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