More Children Play Indoors Than Past Generations

Outdoor Play Has Positive Effect On Physical And Psychological Health

Posted: December 30, 2013 at 5 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO BEN GOFF Zane Signorino, 18, balances on his hands Wednesday while trying out the new slack line kit he got for Christmas at Memorial Park in Bentonville.

Annie Been, Springdale resident and mother of two, said she remembers growing up on the outskirts of town, where she played outside, swinging on vines.

By The Numbers

Arkansas Health

34.5 percent: Adult obesity rate

14.2 percent: Obesity rate among 2- to 4-year-old children in low income families

20 percent: Obesity rate among 10- to 17-year-olds

15.2 percent: Obesity rate among high school students

11.3 percent: Adult diabetes rate

35.7 percent: Adult hypertension rate

Source: fasinfat.org

At A Glance

Outdoor Activities For Children

Note: Some outdoor activities may require parent supervision depending on the activity and the child’s age.

Riding bikes




Nature scavenger hunt

Play on a playground

Play in a tree house or playhouse


Play tag

Jump rope

Hide and seek


Draw on the sidewalk with chalk

Source: Staff Report

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