Health and Wellness

Column: Gardening, outdoor activities help kids avoid indoor doldrums

Maybe you’re feeling cooped up after spending rainy days indoors and two years’ worth of pandemic-related closures. Maybe you’re inspired by the bulbs blooming outside, new growth on shrubs and trees, or increased bird activity? Or perhaps your child is just bouncing off the walls and needs to move? Whatever the reason, it’s a great time to get outdoors and to embrace the benefits of time outside. 

As scientists take a deeper look into the research on the mental and physical benefits to being outside, they are finding evidence that being in nature (in big . . .