Why is it good for kids to get outdoors and get dirty?

Less than one quarter of children spend the recommended 60 minutes a day participating in physical activity. Would a bit more time in the fresh air work wonders for our kids? If the research is anything to go by, then it’s a firm ‘yes’.
The hygiene hypothesis2 claims that, over time, western civilisation has become much cleaner and focused on removing harmful bacteria from our environment. However, as a consequence of this over-cleaning, we’re no longer exposing children to enough dirt, grime and germs to kick-start a well-functioning immune system.
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