Associate professor at Drexel University Dr. Brandy-Joe Milliron told Bicycling that several studies have shown benefits associated with time spent in nature: improved focus, lower heart rates, and decreased blood pressure. Some of these effects are even greater with outdoor exercise, Milliron explained, as outdoor-fitness enthusiasts exhibit other healthy behaviors, like eating fruits and vegetables and feeling stronger connections to nature.
In one of Milliron’s publications, 317 Philadelphians were observed and those who spent more time outside ate diets more diverse in fruits and vegetables than those who lacked connection with the outdoors. Researchers analyzed their food habits, and — you guessed it — the more time a child spends outside, the healthier their diet is.
Pack today’s lunch for the park. We’ll be sitting in the grass.