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A Walk Outdoors Improves Attention in ADHD Children

A dose of nature may help ease ADHD symptoms in children.

Monday October 20th - 4:31pm

If your child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is having trouble focusing, tell him to take a hike -- that is, go for a walk outdoors.

According to new study from the University of Illinois published in the Journal of Attention Disorders, children with ADHD who took a 20-minute walk in the park demonstrated greater attention than those who took a 20-minute walk in an urban area or residential area.

Though study authors aren't sure what it is about the park that increases focus, the findings support previous research that spending time in nature reduces ADHD symptoms. They encourage parents to increase children's outdoor exposure before homework time.

Read more in the Journal of Attention Disorders.

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