June 21, 2017

Spend time outdoors to reduce attention deficit disorder — Dr Doherty

By Tare Youdeowei

President, Society for Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Mitigation, SETPOM, Dr. Funmilayo Doherty, has proffered a solution to the many ails of the average working Nigerian.

She revealed that time spent outdoors can reduce stress and attention deficit disorder, as well as boost immunity, during the Society’s commemoration of the World Environment Day, which is the United Nation’s most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment.

Her words: “Many of us are moving further from our connection to nature daily. When the average Nigerian child spends less time in a day playing outside, but many hours in front of a TV, computer or smartphone screen; when many adults spend their days driving to and from work in traffic or where they sit in front of computers for hours working, there is really a problem. We should take a break, not only during festive periods but  to appreciate nature by visiting conservation centres, parks and gardens, sit by the lagoon.

“Studies show that time outdoors can reduce stress and attention deficit disorder, as well as boost immunity, energy levels and creativity. Increased curiosity and problem-solving ability, improved physical fitness and coordination and even reduced likelihood of developing near-sightedness, are all part of the many advantages of staying outdoor. Getting outside, especially with the children in your life, is one of the best things you can do for yourself, your family, friends and the planet. World Environment Day reminds us of the importance of connecting with nature every day.”

Stating SETPOM’s effort in commemorating the day, Dr. Doherty, who is a senior lecturer at Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, added; “Over the years, the World Enivironment Day has grown to become a global platform for public outreach and the peoples’ day for doing something positive for the environment.”