Thursday, May 21, 2015

New Bill Aims to Connect Kids with Nature

From the Sierra Club

Some members of congress have a plan to reverse a growing trend that threatens the health and wellness of an entire generation. Call it indoorism, call it Nature-Deficit Disorder, call it whatever you’d like – kids are spending too much time inside. 

The Healthy Kids Outdoors Act of 2015 (S. 1078, H.R. 2014), if passed, would give states the tools they need to get children and youth active, healthy and back outdoors.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that children and youth get 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. Unfortunately, 75 percent of adolescents fail to get this daily dose of exercise. The inactivity of our kids is contributing to an obesity crisis that, for the first time in history, threatens an entire generation with a shorter life expectancy than their parents.

Fewer than half of children in the United States can safely walk to a park from their home. The Healthy Kids Outdoors Act will help to increase opportunities for kids and families to spend time outdoors by encouraging states to develop and implement five year comprehensive strategies. Read what the plans may include ...

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