Science Daily: Being raised in greener neighborhoods may have beneficial effects on brain development

Science Daily: Being raised in greener neighborhoods may have beneficial effects on brain development.

“Primary schoolchildren who have been raised in homes surrounded by more greenspace tend to present with larger volumes of white and grey matter in certain areas of the brain. Those anatomic differences are in turn associated with beneficial effects on cognitive function.”

There are many reasons we decided to create Avid Trails and bring better trail systems and outdoor amenities to communities across the country, one of which was the role trails can play in helping get kids back outside. Trails are gateways to nature. Safe, inviting and enticing ways to get into the woods. They are a pathway to new and different experiences for people of all ages.

After spending reading Last Child in the Woods, The Nature Principleand Vitamin N by author Richard Louv, among other books and studies on the subject, it’s easy to be passionate about this part of our company mission. We believe, in Louv’s words, that “Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our chidlren’s health (and also, by the way, in our own).”

Which brings us to the Science Daily article shared in this blog post that highlights recent research demonstrating the cognitive benefits of growing up in a greener place. While it’s safe to say many of us assumed this to be true already, it’s always encouraging to have research prove the theory – and only more motivation for us to keep pushing our clients to deliver functional, authentic trail systems that provide better access to nature in their communities.

You can read the entire article here: Being raised in greener neighborhoods may have beneficial effects on brain development

See you on the trail.

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