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Kids urged to go outside for play.

Naperville Sun:

Go out and play!
By Judy Harvey
August 26, 2014

Dr. Jonathan Gibson, a family physician with the Edward Medical Group in Naperville, agreed on the renewed push for getting kids to play outside. Just the physical activity alone is a major benefit from staring at a TV screen or technology all day

“The big thing is to get them off the tablets and go out and just be a kid. Let them get out and get moving and be spontaneous,” Gibson said.

Free, unstructured play encourages creativity and lets children come up with their own ideas for games and rules.

Also, free play is critical for development of problem-solving skills “that can be used over a lifetime,” Gibson said.

And there is just the fun element involved of letting kids be kids by “getting out in the mud” and discover their world on their terms, he said.

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