Let's go outside
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This thesis focuses on the both physical and psychological problems of children who do not get outdoors. The reasons that children do not get outdoors include sitting indoors watching television, playing video games and surfing the Internet. This modern, sedentary lifestyle encourages childhood obesity and poor health. The benefits to resolving these problems include better health, better social skills and a stronger appreciation for the environment. Solutions to the problems are found in both the non-design and design related disciplines. My research, which was inspired by Richard Louv’s book Last Child in the Woods, addresses the problems, their causes, the benefits of correcting the problems and the solutions for a healthier, more engaged life. This thesis aims to challenge landscape architects field to solve this crisis through better design to get children back outdoors.