Childcare Outdoor Renovation as a Built Environment Health Promotion Strategy: Evaluating the Preventing Obesity by Design Intervention.
Published in the American Journal of Health Promotion (Vol. 28, No. 3) this article shows that site layout attributes are associated with higher levels of physical activity in the childcare setting, while teacher interaction is associated with a decreased level of physical activity in children. The full article is available here.
Elevated Ground: A 300 Year Vision for a 220-Year-Old Square is the recipient of the a Professional Honor Award in the cateogry of Analysis and Planning from The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). This master plan for renovating Raleigh's Moore Square brought together a team of engineers, architects, and landscape architects, headed up by the Christopher Counts Studio, Brooklyn, NY. The Natural Learning Initiative served as Children's Play Consultant for the project.
Neighborhoods for Life
Families with children not wanting to move to low-density suburbs need urban neighborhoods and an urban public realm designed to support culturally diverse, socially stimulating, healthy lifestyles.
Growing IN Place addresses the need for planning and design policies that support these needs, especially for children. Young people need networks of attractive, walkable/bikable routes connecting homes to schools, parks, community gardens, and cultural institutions – where they can engage with nature.
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Creating environments for healthy human development and a healthy biosphere for generations to come.
Increasing numbers of children are losing contact with the natural world. The purpose of the Natural Learning Initiative is to promote the importance of the natural environment in the daily experience of all children, through environmental design, action research, education, and dissemination of information.