Prince William praises benefits of outdoor play for children

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Britain’s Prince William has praised Sweden’s embrace of the great outdoors, in particular the physical and mental benefits of outdoor exercise for children.
Speaking Wednesday at the end of a two-day visit to Sweden, William said that “one lesson that we will take home with us, is that children are actively encouraged to spend time outdoors, whatever the weather.”
During the visit, William and the Duchess of Cambridge sought to meet Swedes from all walks of life. At a medical institute, they discussed with academics Sweden’s approach to managing mental health challenges, a subject the royals have campaigned about.
William and Kate, both 35, will begin a two-day visit to Norway on Thursday.

Britain’s Prince William is greeted by pupils at Matteus School in Stockholm, Sweden, Wednesday Jan. 31, 2018. Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge are on a four-day visit to Sweden and Norway. (Jonas Ekströmer / TT via AP)

Britain’s Princess Kate Duchess of Cambridge, takes part in a lesson at Matteus School in Stockholm, Wednesday Jan. 31, 2018. Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge are on a four-day visit to Sweden and Norway. (Jonas Ekströmer / TT via AP)

Britain’s Princess Kate Duchess of Cambridge, meets with pupils at Matteus School in Stockholm, Sweden, Wednesday Jan. 31, 2018. Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge are on a four-day visit to Sweden and Norway. (Jonas Ekströmer / TT via AP)

Britain’s Kate Duchess of Cambridge, centre, and Prince Daniel of Sweden, left, visit the department store NK, Nordiska kompaniet, during the their official visit in Stockholm, Wednesday Jan. 31, 2018. The British royal couple Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge are on an official visit to Sweden. (Henrik Montgomery/TT via AP)

Britain’s Prince William, and Kate Duchess of Cambridge, centre, visit the department store NK, Nordiska kompaniet, during the their official visit in Stockholm, Wednesday Jan. 31, 2018. (Henrik Montgomery/TT via AP)

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