Dec 142011

Physicians Speak Out on the Importance of Play for Children’s Health

Dr. Ken Ginsburg, pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and author of Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings, and Dr. Marilyn Benoit, Chief Clinical Officer at Devereux Behavioral Health and former president of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, address critical issues facing children and families today — rising levels of stress and anxiety, obesity-related health problems, dramatically reduced time for free play and play outdoors, hectic and overscheduled family life — and offer solutions to addressing these problems.

This video was produced in collaboration with the Alliance for Childhood and KaBOOM!. and

The promotion of creative, free imaginative play, along with healthy food and natural environments are key principles of the Inspir=Ed Spirit of Childhood early childhood programs which have had great success in introducing imaginative play and healthy food in communities across Australia.  

Dec 132011

Enjoy Christmas this year by choosing healthy, quality food.

What is healthy, quality food?

  1. Food grown without pesticides and chemical fertilisers or organic food
  2. Food that contains no added growth hormones, antibiotics, or other drugs
  3. Food that does not contain artificial flavouring, preservatives or colouring
  4. Fresh food – farmers markets, community gardens or ‘grow your own’ food is fresher, fresher is better
  5. Whole food without additional added oils, sugars, etc.
  6. Food that is not genetically modified and that does not contain GM ingredients
  7. Sustainable production food – eg free range poultry, organic meat
Enjoy Christmas!
Nov 012011


ADHD, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is the most commonly diagnosed behavioural disorder in childhood.  It has significant repercussions for the child and their family as well as affecting the child’s school performance, well-being and social interactions.

In 2001 the  American Academy of Pediatrics issued guidelines for treatment for the evaluation and diagnosis of ADHD.  Now they have extended the guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in children from 6 to 12 years to 4 to 18 years. The guidelines, “ADHD: Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis, Evaluation and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder,” were released at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference on October 16th and published in Academy’s Pediatrics.

The work of Inspir=Ed and the Spirit of Childhood Foundation, outlined in the research based book ‘eco parenting – growing greener children’  by Jane Hanckel provides strong arguments about the need to look at the environment, diet and lifestyle together with practical advice on how to avoid environmental triggers related to children’s behavioural disorders.


Natural environments, both indoors and outdoors, provide children with a calm and nurturing place to play and learn

Oct 052011

15 minutes exercise a day can increase life expectancy

Partaking in light exercise,  like walking at a reasonable pace, for just 15 minutes a day can increase life expectancy by three years according to a study published in the Lancet.

416,175 people were invovled in the Taiwanese study conducted from 1996 to 2008. Those who partook in 15 minutes light exercise a day or 90 minutes a week showed a 14% reduced risk of all-cause mortality and had a 3 year longer life expectancy. Every additional 15 min of daily exercise beyond the minimum amount of 15 min a day further reduced all-cause mortality by 4%.     This study indicates how it is possible to increase well being by just taking a short walk!