Nature as a Health Initiative in Schools

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  2. CDC Promoting Health for Children and Adolescents, 2022.
  3. CDC Childhood Obesity Facts
  4. CDC Physical Activity Facts
  5. Tackling childhood obesity in the Houston area,in%20the%20lifestyles%20of%20families
  6. Youth Risk Behavior Survey
  7. Nature and Children’s Health: A Systematic Review
  8. Growing up green: A systematic review of the influence of greenspace on youth development and health outcomes.
  9. Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living: Healthy Children, Healthy State: Child Obesity Crises In Texas.,rate%20of%20obesity%20compared%20to%20non-Hispanic%20white%20children2.
  10. Resurrecting Free Play in Young Children Looking Beyond Fitness and Fatness to Attention, Affiliation, and Affect, 2005.
  11. Grounds for Health: The Intersection of Green School Grounds and Health-Promoting Schools.
  12. The health impact of nature exposure and green exercise across the life course: A pilot study.

Additional References

  1. Clinical Practice Guideline for the Evaluation and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Obesity
  2. Youth Obesity & Prevention Profile of the City of Houston & Harris County, Texas
  3. Demi Siskind, Dana Conlin, Linda Hestenes, Sung-Ae Kim, Amanda Barnes & Dilara Yaya-Bryson (2022) Balancing technology and outdoor learning: Implications for early childhood teacher educators, Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 43:3, 389-405.
  4. Child Obesity
  5. Obesity in Texas,these%20numbers%20have%20increased%20significantly.
  6. WHO guideline on school health services
  7. Keep Recess in School
  8. Reclaim Recess
  9. The Status of School Recess in Texas School Districts
  10. Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data Summary and Trend Reports