By Rebecca Watts Hull, Director, Mothers Others for Clean Air and Irene Barton, Georgia PTA and East Cobb resident.
When parents think about summertime in metro Atlanta, they probably picture relaxed evenings at the ball field, the laughter of children at neighborhood swimming pools, outdoor barbecues.
Unfortunately for metro Atlanta parents, summertime also signals ozone season, when intense sunlight and heat converts a mixture of tailpipe and power plant emissions with other chemicals resulting in unhealthy smog.
The realization that many kids are not getting enough time playing outdoors and growing awareness of childhood obesity has encouraged many parents to look for outdoor summer options for their kids, from park-based day camps to outdoor summer jobs.
Young children playing at home are encouraged to “go play outside!” which a growing body of research shows not only increases the activity level of children, but also can enhance
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