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Janet McGinnis, NC Office of Early Learning Jani Kozlowski, NC Division of Child Development Play Outside! Adventures with the NC Outdoor Learning Environments Alliance
Mission of the North Carolina Outdoor Learning Environments Alliance
“ To improve the quality of outdoor environments and experiences for all children throughout the state.”
NC OLE Alliance was originally organized by:
3 Work Groups
Professional Development & Technical Assistance
Policy & Regulation
Public Awareness & Advocacy
A Leadership Team that includes
2 representatives from each work group.
Advisory Members who are available to the Alliance to provide expertise in specified areas.
Why Play Outside?
Play Outside Ideas
North Carolina Initiatives
Why aren’t children going outside?
Air quality – ozone days
Rules, regulations, sanitation
Lack of high-quality outdoor environments
Lack of recognition of the outdoors as an arena for learning
Lack of understanding that children learn through play
Research supports this notion that children are spending less time playing outdoors
Survey of 800 mothers in the United States
Outdoor play in the 2000s vs 40 years ago
Less time outdoors
Different activities outdoors
More indoor play
Clements, R. “An Investigation of the State of Outdoor Play.” Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, Vol. 5(1):68-80, 2004.
Plugged In or Tuned Out?
For many, childhood is spent overly plugged in. (Wike, 2006).
Children now spend nearly 30 hours a week watching a TV or computer screen, listening to something through headphones or, for older children, using cell phones or media players (CDC, 2005; Ginsberg et al, 2007).
Children know more about Pokémon than common wildlife
Survey of 109 kids in the UK
Assessed knowledge using set of flashcards
Wildlife knowledge rose from 32% at age 4 to 53% at age 8
Pokémon knowledge rose from 7% at age 4 to 78% at age 8
Balmford, A., Clegg, L., Coulson, T., & Taylor, J. “Why Conservationists Should Heed Pokémon.” Science, 295(5564), 2367-2367, 2002.
What are the consequences?
Decline in physical fitness
Rising childhood obesity rates
Increase in attention issues
More allergies, asthma , respiratory illness
Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults Center for Health Statistics, 1985 (*BMI ≥30, or ~ 30 lbs overweight for 5’ 4” person) No Data <10% 10%–14%
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Childhood Obesity on the Rise
In North Carolina in 2007, 15.3% of children ages 2-4 are considered to be extremely overweight. (>=95 percentile)
That amounts to a total of 15,092
overweight preschool children in our state.
NC-NPASS, 2007; limited to children seen in NC Public Health sponsored clinics
Children need 1 hour per day of vigorous activity.
(U.S. Surgeon General)
However, more than half of parents (54%) said that they had little or no time to spend engaged in physical activity with their children, but wish they had more time .
Attention issues respond to outside play .
This research from the University of Illinois has shown…