Naturalized Outdoor Play Areas at Schools to Support Physical Activity and Health—A Rapid Evidence Review

This rapid evidence review looks at how school ground greening, also referred to as naturalization, impacts the health of elementary school students, particularly from a play and physical activity perspective. Five themes emerged: Physical Activity Quality – Intensity and Duration; Diversity and Quality of Play; Age and Gender Variations; Interest, Ability and Inclusiveness; Sedentary Behaviour and Physical Literacy. Additional benefits were also captured and the report includes recommendations and resources for schools.

Publication Date: 
2016
Sponsor: 
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit