Early Childhood Health Outdoors

Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO)

ECHO is based on a decade of research on the Preventing Obesity by Design model. The results show that improving the design of outdoor spaces through affordable interventions and training early childhood educators, young children, and care providers produces substantial benefits including:

  • Children are more physically active in the outdoors and engage in social interactions more often.
  • Children and providers enjoy naturalized outdoor spaces and spend more time outside, supporting healthy behaviors.
  • Hands-on gardening encourages the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • And parents are more likely to linger at care centers, improving community experience.

ECHO is a partnership with the National Wildlife Federation.