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Natural-terrain schoolyards reduce children's stress, says Colorado University-Boulder study
Date:7/22/2014

rs were observed," said Chawla. "But there were many incidences of arguments and rudeness indoors, as there are at many schools."

Among the teenage participants throughout Colorado who gardened, 46 percent referred to calm, peace and relaxation in addition to other positive descriptors when reflecting on their experiences. They also gave four main reasons for their favorable reactions: being outdoors in fresh air; feeling connected to a natural living system; successfully caring for living things; and having time for quiet self-reflection.

For schools that are interested in providing natural habitats for students but only have built outdoor spaces, Chawla suggests tearing out some areas of asphalt or creating joint-use agreements with city parks and open space.

"Schools are really prime sites for an ecological model of health and for building access to nature into part of the school routine as a health measure," said Chawla.


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Contact: Louise Chawla
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University of Colorado at Boulder
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