Vancouver Sun - - YOU - Melissa Hank

All work and no play doesn’t just make Jack a dull boy — it also puts him at risk for men­tal health prob­lems.

The Power of Play, a new doc­u­men­tary for CBC’s The Na­ture of Things air­ing Jan. 20, ex­plores the sci­ence be­hind play and ex­plains how re­searchers are link­ing a lack of free play­time to is­sues such as de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety. The film posits that all an­i­mals and hu­mans need play to sur­vive, and it’s par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant for kids who are spend­ing more time in­doors fo­cused on screens.

“This show is full of sur­pris­ing an­i­mal an­tics,” says direc­tor Chris­tine McLean. “But there is a se­ri­ous mes­sage in this doc­u­men­tary about the shock­ing toll the loss of free out­door play is tak­ing on our kids. Sci­ence now has proof that shoo­ing chil­dren out­side is one of the best things we can do for them.”


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