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The research over the past 40 years strongly suggests that the poor health of individuals and the planet is based partly on biophobia, also described as a disconnection from nature.1, 2 According to the Environmental Protection Agency,3 the average U.S. citizen spends 87% of their life indoors and another 6% in automobiles. This means that Americans spend 93% of their lives in enclosed interior spaces. Only 7% of our lives, or just one-half of one day each week, is now spent outdoors. This is particularly noteworthy for children, whose overall time outside has decreased significantly in the recent past.Research has noted a significant relationship between sedentary behaviors and childhood obesity.There is a growing amount of research discussing the multiple benefits of time spent in nature. This has prompted a call for increased clinical and public health studies to understand these relationships more fully.6, 7, 8

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