NLI Publications

Childcare Outdoor Renovation as a Built Environment Health Promotion Strategy: Evaluating the Preventing Obesity by Design Intervention

American Journal of Health Promotion ThumbnailPublished 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.

Nature Play at Home

Thumbnail of Nature Plat at HomeNature Play At Home: A Guide for Boosting Children's Healthy Development and Creativity

Developed by the National Wildlife Federation and NLI, this guide is an tool for creating enticing outdoor play spaces in your backyard, patio, or balcony.

The Need for Nature: A Childhood Right

In Social Justice, Vol. 24, No. 3

Exploring Childhood Territories

In Childhood's Domain: Play and Place in Child Development

Greening Play Environments

New Initiative for Greening Play Environments. The main interest of the Natural Learning Initiative is to bring nature to the lives of children. We are pleased to announce the program NatureGrounds developed in partnership with PlayCore which provides best practice guidelines for creating and retrofitting play environments that integrate manufactured play equipment and the living landscape.

Using behaviour mapping to investigate healthy outdoor environments for children and families: conceptual framework, procedures and applications

This chapter, written by Nilda Cosco and Robin Moore and published in Innovative Approaches to Research Excellence in Landscape and Health by C Ward Thompson, Peter Aspinall, and Simon Bell, focuses on a methodological approach to assess the health impacts of the places where children spend most of their time when not at home: childcare centres, schools, parks, residential neighbourhoods, and community institutions such as zoos, museums and botanical gardens – where families spend quality time away from the pressures of everyday life. These commonplace environments and mission-driven institutions are potential supporters of preventive health and disease prevention objectives to get children outdoors in contact with nature and engaged in physical activity. They fall within the scope of healthy community design, where this chapter is situated at the intersection with the built environment.