The dirt on dirt: celebrate International Mud Day

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) June 29 is International Mud Day, making this weekend a great chance to introduce your kids to the wet, squishy, squelchy, wonderful world of mud!

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In many households, dirt is a four letter word and playing in the dirt is not something that’s encouraged. But there is a secret about it: playing in dirt and mud is healthy for you!

Dirt harbors bacteria, but some germs are good for kids because it helps them build up their immune systems. Researchers say playing in the dirt can actually help decrease a child’s risk of allergies and asthma. Limiting a child’s play to mostly indoors reduces their exposure to natural organisms that build a healthy and strong immune system.

In addition to physical health benefits, many studies indicate that playing outdoors and getting messy decreases stress and anxiety in children.

Read more about International Mud Day by clicking here.

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