2020 has been a year of extraordinary circumstances. We have all been forced to slow down, but through that process, something magical has happened. While the hustle of life was scaled back, the importance of health and community connection was magnified. Adapting to the ‘new normal’ while nurturing health and well-being, especially for children, must stay at the top of the list.
- The benefits to children of playing outside bring social, emotional, and physical rewards. Play cannot be forgotten or side-lined, as there is significant scientific evidence of its importance for development.
- New research shows even light physical activity among adolescents was linked to better mental health as they got older.
- The World Health Organization recommends one hour of moderate to vigorous exercise every day for adolescents, in addition to whatever they do in school.
How do we do this? Our communities must rally together to ensure our children come through this pandemic with perseverance and optimal well-being. This means plenty of fresh air, outdoor exploration, and unstructured play. Keep advocating to bring a playground, splash pad, fitness park, skate park, or even a fun ‘bark’ park (doggie playground) to your urban or rural area. We have watched communities work together to bring their dreams to reality and build these types of recreation areas into their neighborhoods. The transformation has been incredible!
It’s never too late to get the kids outside. PlayQuest Recreation is committed to helping communities from small villages to large urban centers come through this pandemic with perseverance and optimum well-being. As advocates of fun, we will shout from the top of the monkey bars and rally the troops to make time for play!
Will your community join us?