Kids Spend Less Time Outdoors Than Prisoners

Imagination Grove (a nature play area) at Sugar Grove Nature Cen

While inmates at maximum security prisons in the U.S. are guaranteed at least 2 hours of outdoor time a day, half of children worldwide spend less than an hour outside, reports TreeHugger.com.

 

A survey of 12,000 parents in 10 countries found that one-third of children (ages 5 to 12) spend less than 30 minutes outside each day. The survey, sponsored by Unilever laundry detergent brands OMO and Persil, inspired a new marketing campaign – “Dirt is Good – Free the Children.”

The short film below – documenting prisoners’ responses to the survey – is part of that campaign:

Prisoners at a maximum security facility in Indiana called outdoor time the “highlight” of their day.  “You take all your problems and frustrations and just leave them out there,” one prisoner said. Another said “it keeps his mind right.”

When asked how they would feel about having their “yard time” reduced to one hour a day, inmates responded that it would build more anger and resentment. One inmate said it would be “torture.” A prison guard said it would be “potentially disastrous.”

The prisoners are shocked upon learning that most children have less than an hour of outdoor time per day, one of them calling the news “depressing.” Another said if he could have one wish granted it would be that he could take his kid to a park.

Another study found that one in nine children “have not set foot in a park, forest, beach or any other natural environment for at least 12 months.”

Huffington Post reported recently that with children today spending only half the time their parents did outdoors, we are producing an “unsociable, unimaginative and inactive generation.” Only half of children have ever built a sandcastle at the beach or had a picnic outside of their own yard, and over a third have never played in the mud. Also, about half of children opt for screen time alone over playing with others outdoors.

In addition to “unsociable, unimaginative and inactive” – our culture’s lack of outdoor time is producing children who are physically and mentally ill:

“We are physically active when we spend time outdoors, so we are less likely to become obese. When sunshine hits our skin, we form Vitamin D, which helps with a number of health issues. Peer-reviewed scientific studies have shown that time spent outside lowers rates of heart disease, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, and some forms of cancer. Kids with ADHD focus better when they spend time outdoors. And, nature time leads to more positive moods, as well as lower stress and anxiety.”

13 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BREAKING BAD HABITS


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Bad habits…. We all have them! Whether it’s smoking, stress eating or breaking plans at the last minute, there is always some behaviour we could do without. But how do we stop?

Changing ingrained behaviours is tough. Here are simple coping strategies to help you overcome the not-so-great ones.


Read more at http://www.readersdigest.ca

Homemade Sweet and Sour Sauce

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Homemade Sweet and Sour Sauce

20 oz. can crushed pineapple in juice or syrup
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup water
1 cup white, rice, cider or wine vinegar
1 Tbsp soy sauce or salt
½ tsp pepper
¼ cup ketchup
2 Tbsp cornstarch
2 Tbsp cold water
1 cup plum sauce or jam

Heat pineapple with juice, sugar, 1 cup water, vinegar, soy sauce, spices and ketchup to a boil. For Thickener mix cornstarch and 2 Tbsp water together well; stir into pineapple mixture. Heat to a boil stirring constantly. Cool to room temperature; stir in plum sauce. Cover and chill. Makes 6 cups

Variations:
Omit pineapple, just use the juice and use 2 cups plum, apricot jam or marmalade
May substitute plum jam for apricot jam or orange marmalade.
May substitute soy sauce with Worcestershire Sauce.
For sweet and sour hot sauce substitute soy sauce with chili sauce.
May puree 3 Tbsp onion, 2 Tbsp sweet pepper and add ½ tsp ginger and add to sauce.
Try different vinegars for the flavor you prefer.

Serve over chicken, pork, beef, fish, or egg rolls, won tons, rice…..or what ever you like!

20 Things People Over 20 Should Stop Doing

Here are 20 things people over 20 should stop doing. And believe me, I’ve been guilty of most of them.

1. Playing video games instead of looking for a job.

Video games can be extremely fun, but those games can sure take up a lot of valuable time that could be spent on more important areas of life. There is nothing wrong with playing them, as long as you balance the time needed for school, work, and other important aspects of life.

2. Spending money you don’t have.

Credit cards may seem like an easy way to pay for things you really want, but in the long run they could really hurt you if not properly used. Stick to cash, debit, or checks. This may seem old-school, but they will definitely help you manage your money.

3. Using the term “YOLO.”

Simple. Please stop using it.

 

4. Only going to church to find a relationship.

Not only will you hurt yourself in the long run, but you are also selfishly taking time away from a man or woman who is seeking after God’s wisdom and guidance. You can definitely find a great relationship at church, but don’t make that your only reason for attending.

5. Citing “-Google” on a college paper or work presentation. 

It’s not a valid citation, and it could get you in some  trouble.

6. Thinking you know it all.

Nobody want’s to spend time around a know-it-all. Walk in a posture of learning, and embrace every opportunity to gain new knowledge and wisdom.

7. Dating with no vision.

You’re confusing your heart, and you’re hurting the hearts of others.

8. Demanding respect before you’ve earned it.

Don’t get prideful. Learn to scrub the floors before you ask to manage the building. Don’t let self entitlement get the best of you.

9. Waiting until the last minute to do things.

Stop procrastinating! Teach yourself diligence in all circumstances. Not only will this help you in your day-to-day life, but it will always help you set yourself up for the future.

10. Getting in arguments over social media.

Nobody wants to see your drama on their news feed. Keep it to yourself and the people involved. Handle each situation in a mature and honorable manner.

11. Blaming others for your own mistakes

Drop your pride. Accept your failures. Learn from your mistakes. You will learn a lot from the process.

12. Relying on your mother and father to constantly bail you out of trouble.

Learn to take care of yourself instead of always relying on your mother and father. They aren’t always going to be around to help you.

13. Calling off work for no reason.

You aren’t doing anyone a favor by calling off. Learn to be responsible, and value that job someone else in the world wishes they had.

14. Ignoring wisdom from people who are older than you.

You don’t know everything. Take time to learn from people who having been living longer than you.

15. Thinking minimum wage is worse than no job at all.

Don’t believe the lie that money is everything. Any job is a good start. Give your full attention to any job, no matter the pay.

16. Pretending like you didn’t know any better.

Purposeful ignorance will only get you so far. Own up to your mistakes and take each failure as an opportunity to learn.

17. Using the excuse, “I’m too young.”

You’re never too young. There is always room for you to succeed when hope is on your side. Have faith in yourself and the gifts God has given you.

18. Living in the moment, and not planning for the future.

Be diligent, and plan for the future. Give yourself some goals, dreams, and future aspirations. Give yourself something to wake up for in the morning.

19. Giving up before you start. Stop making excuses!

Excuses won’t get you anywhere! Better to try and fail than to regret never trying at all. At least you will learn something.

20. Being Passive.

If you don’t stand for something, you’ll eventually fall for anything.

No one is perfect, and these points are all things I myself have once struggled with or been witness of.

- Jarrid Wilson

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What else should people over 20 stop doing? Leave a comment below!