From consoles and tellies to wildlife and wellies in Cleethorpes
As obesity of our children is a growing concern nationally, there's no better place to experience the great outdoors than in Cleethorpes for a healthier lifestyle.
Getting outdoors to connect with nature is an essential part of feeling happy and healthy as a child, says TV psychologist Emma Kenny.
There is no substitute for fresh air and outdoor play to help children feel healthy and happy.
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Obesity, a lack of exercise and too little of that all-important white light on skin has led to an increase in problems associated with vitamin deficiencies in children. Many children are growing up to feel that nature is unavailable which then limits outdoor experiences and the development of imagination.
Too much time spent in front of a TV screen and isolated, sedentary pastimes has led to a worrying disconnection with the natural world.
As Europe's largest wildlife conservation charity, the RSPB has created the first ever baseline of connection to nature among UK children – a brand new measure produced with leading academics at the University of Essex as a result of growing concerns over generations of children with little or no contact with the natural world.
This disconnection is one of the biggest threats to UK nature, according to the RSPB, which has over 100 years history of providing opportunities for children to engage with, learn about and help save nature and has 200,000 junior members, including more than 40,000 teenagers. It encourages families to incorporate "getting outdoors" with children, be it to dead-head roses with grandparents, make daisy chains or build a garden den, watch urban sparrows from a balcony or feed the ducks at the local park.
Â¿¨"It's time to encourage parents to send their kids out to let them interact with nature and create a happier society," Emma Kenny urges.
"This is invaluable to a child's development in terms of self esteem, self confidence and good health. Children are having less contact with the natural world than ever before when what they to know is that their planet is an amazing and inspiring place. If they don't we will end up with a future generation of politicians, teachers, business leaders and scientists who don't value nature or wildlife, placing it at a serious risk".
*The RSPB is calling for the Coalition Government to adopt this as their official indicator for whether their efforts to improve connection to nature are having an impact.
*Evidence shows that the proportion of children playing out in natural spaces has dropped by as much as 75 per cent over the last thirty to forty years – to the potential detriment of children's physical and mental health, personal and social development, and even academic achievements and life chances.
*Check your own family's level of connection to nature and find out more at getoutdoors">www.rspb.org.uk/getoutdoors