July 07, 2011 Kerala Taylor

Prescription for play: Physicians speak out on the importance of play for children's health

"It seems like such a natural, obvious thing that children should be playing," says 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.

So begins this eye-opening video that addresses critical issues facing children and families today -- namely, rising levels of stress and anxiety, obesity-related health problems, dramatically reduced time for free play and play outdoors, and hectic and overscheduled family life.

Featuring Dr. Ginsburg and Dr. Marilyn Benoit, Chief Clinical Officer at Devereux Behavioral Health and former president of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, "Prescription for Play" was produced in collaboration with the Alliance for Childhood. Doctor's orders: Watch this video! 

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