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Happy Friday Kids! Did you know it’s important to play outside even in the winter months? Below are some of the real benefits to playing outside even when the weather is cold. Then, read about fun outdoor activities in today’s Sports and Health! BUILDS UP THE IMMUNE SYSTEM It’s no surprise that kids raised around a farm are generally healthier than those who aren’t. Why? Because they are regularly exposed to dirt, animals, pests, bacteria and other germs. When you come into regular contact with these things naturally (outside), you are less likely to develop autoimmune disorders and allergies. PROVIDES EXERCISE Playing outside provides something many kids don’t get enough – exercise! Exercising while having fun is the best kind of exercise, and that’s exactly what playing outside does. Building a snowman, sledding, having snowball fights and other outside activities gets our bodies moving in the winter! PROMOTES PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS Kids who play outside learn to solve problems better! Regardless of whether you’re learning how to get along with friends or trying to figure out the best way to build a snow fort…you are problem solving – and that’s good for your mind! PROVIDES VITAMIN D Did you know Vitamin D is extremely important to staying healthy? And did you know that Vitamin D comes from the sun? It’s true! Vitamin D helps promote better moods, energy levels, memory and overall health. Just 10-15 minutes out in the sun will provide your daily dose of Vitamin D. So be sure to “take your vitamin D” by getting some sun every day! Finish the week strong and have a safe, fun weekend!

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