Health and Nature

Spending time in natural environments can benefit health and well-being, and various studies demonstrate a clear connection between being outdoors and better health.  Outdoor activity can take many forms, from simply taking a long call in an outdoor setting, participating in a yoga class in a local park, or going for a hike in the mountains.
Connecting children and their families to nature can promote good health, enjoyment, and environmental stewardship. NEEF provides healthcare professionals, educators, and the general public with resources, grants, engagement guides, outdoor events, and articles to help them benefit from their time outdoors. 

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Apps for Outdoor Activity

See our list of engaging apps that can provide educators and families tools to teach about and enjoy the outdoors.
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Adult Health and Nature Fact Sheet

This fact sheet reviews the current state of adult health and published literature supporting the physical and mental health benefits of nature.
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Children and Deer

Children's Health and Nature Fact Sheet

The Children's Health and Nature Fact Sheet contains highlights of published literature supporting the health benefits of nature.
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Children and Nature

Check out this visual display of the current state of children and nature and how being active in nature can lead to improved health outcomes.
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Online Courses - Nature Champion Training

For health professionals to be leaders in prescribing nature​ and connecting children and families with nature for health benefits​.
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Peer-Reviewed Articles
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Using Nature and Outdoor Activity to Improve Children's Health

This article reviews the evidence of the mental and physical health benefits associated with time spent in a natural environment.
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NEEF Programs & Initiatives
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NEEF's work is designed to build a broad, inclusive coalition of stakeholders to focus on environmental health concerns and benefits.
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Pediatric Asthma

NEEF's Environmental Management of Pediatric Asthma Guidelines engages providers on foundational information and skills for asthma care & management.
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The SunWise program is a free environmental & health education program to teach K-8 children about sun safety, UV radiation, and stratospheric ozone.
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