Research

Check out some of the research on the benefits of unstructured outdoor play. We'll continue to add new articles so it's worth coming back to this page from time to time!

Nature For Health and Equity

22 Mar 2017

Europeans face health and social challenges that merit urgent attention – obesity, mental health problems, social exclusion, air and noise pollution, and heat stress in cities. These issues particularly affect socio-economically disadvantaged and vulnerable groups and put pressure on already s…

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Kids' risk of diabetes rises with too much screen time - Screen time is associated with adiposity and insulin resistance in children

15 Mar 2017

Abstract Background Higher screen time is associated with type 2 diabetes (T2D) risk in adults, but the association with T2D risk markers in children is unclear. We examined associations between self-reported screen time and T2D risk markers in children. Methods Survey of 4495 childr…

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Parental fear: a barrier to the independent mobility of children

14 Mar 2017

Children who are able to play and travel without an adult and those who walk or cycle to school are more likely to meet Australian physical activity guidelines, according to findings from research that investigated the role that parental fear plays in shaping children’s independence and physic…

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7Cs 'an informational guide to young children's outdoor play spaces'

29 Apr 2016

This informational guide is a fantastic resource for any parents, care centres or community groups looking to create a nature play space for their children.  Full of simple and straightforward advice this document can be used as a guide to assist with design of play spaces to ensure children ga…

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Natural Play Spaces Make Kids More Active and Less Depressed!

26 Apr 2016

A study completed in 2014 by UBC observed children playing in their care centre play space before and after the space was upgraded with nature play elements. Before the intervention children were seen to be displaying depressive behaviours and where dependent on teachers interactio…

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Neighborhood Greenspace and Health in a Large Urban Center

19 Feb 2016

Abstract, provided by author: Studies have shown that natural environments can enhance health and here we build upon that work by examining the associations between comprehensive greenspace metrics and health. We focused on a large urban population center (Toronto, Canada) and related the two dom…

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The Influence of Neighbourhood Green Space on Children’s Physical Activity and Screen Time: Findings from the longitudinal Study of Australian Children

19 Feb 2016

Abstract, provided by author: Objective - It is often hypothesised that neighbourhood green space may help prevent well-known declines in physical activity and increases in sedentary behaviour that occur across childhood. As most studies in this regard are cross-sectional, the purpose of our stud…

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The Influence of Neighbourhood Green Space on Children’s Physical Activity and Screen Time: Findings from the longitudinal Study of Australian Children

19 Feb 2016

Abstract, provided by author: Objective - It is often hypothesised that neighbourhood green space may help prevent well-known declines in physical activity and increases in sedentary behaviour that occur across childhood. As most studies in this regard are cross-sectional, the purpose of our stud…

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Every Experience Matters

19 Feb 2016

Kids have been free to wander about, explore and discover the world around them for more generations than I can count. This has changed all of a sudden; now too many kids spend less time outside than free range chickens and our high security prisoners. ‘Boycott Homework Day’ - "…

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Developing Conducive Sustainable Outdoor Learning: The Impact of Natural environment on Learning, Social and Emotional Intelligence

19 Feb 2016

Abstract, provided by author: This study propose that outdoor learning engaging with nature environment provide opportunities to improve academic achievement and social emotional intelligence for students; so, the features of landscape have influence to develop acquiring awareness in natural envi…

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