Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Beach is better!

No surprise here; in studies of children and attitude, children at the beach are consistently happier about their lives than children in school.  Similarly, adults express significant improvement in mood and energy over their normal workday environment.

Beyond the general mental health issues, foot and toe health appear to benefit from the beach environment as well.

The results suggest spending more time at the beach should be reviewed and perhaps incorporated into a national health initiative. 

Scientific surveys of primary and secondary school children do suggest a reduction in attention to academic productivity when in contact with warm sand. Priorities appeared to be skewed as evidenced by a lack of focus on homework, class attendance, and question asking.  Teachers also report being less actively involved in the children's daytime activities. Perhaps additional study in an appropriate tropical setting is warranted.