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Changing the Way Our Children Eat at School

10/18/2012 // By Jennifer Hammonds

  According to the American Heart Association 1 in 3 American kids and teens is overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963.  With good reason, childhood obesity is now the No. 1 health concern among parents in the […] Read more >

More and more kids are using mobile devices. By 'digitizing the outdoors,' it may be possible to harness that trend and connect more people to nature. (flickr | gnta)

Digitizing the Outdoors: Can Gaming be the Gateway to Nature?

5/30/2012 // By Danielle Moodie-Mills

Children today are spending alarming amounts of their time indoors and in front of screens—7.5 hours per day on electronic devices. Research suggests that ADHD and other behavioral issues are lessened when children spend time in the outdoors. Most notably, Richard […] Read more >

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Children and Nature: What We Know, What We Are Learning & What We Need To Do

5/10/2012 // By Guest Author

My colleagues and I here at Texas A&M University, along with researchers at the University of Tennessee and the National Forest Service, have been collaborating over the last few years to develop and conduct studies to increase our understanding of that relationship. Read more >

The new Healthy Living pathway is designed to provide schools with tools to promote physical activity,  regular time outdoors and creative play.

Eco-Schools USA’s Healthy Living Pathway to Get Students Outside and Active

5/9/2012 // By Kate Hofmann

Schools prepare students for the future, and a lifetime of good health is one of the most important legacies we can give to our children. Unfortunately, America’s youth are up against some steep odds: Childhood obesity has tripled over the […] Read more >

It's important for parents to instill a love of the outdoors early in their kids' lives (flickr | dmhergert)

Study: Many Young Kids’ Parents Don’t Take Them Outside

4/4/2012 // By Max Greenberg

It’s truly spring—though a bit too warm—when a kid’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of running around outside. Unfortunately, many young children may not be getting the chance, per a new study published online by the Archives of Pediatrics & […] Read more >

U.S. Forest Service Announces $1 Million in Kids and Nature Grants

3/29/2012 // By Hillary Tipton

Reflecting on the most awe-inspiring moments of my life, I realize that virtually all of them took place in the great outdoors with family members by my side. What I was lucky enough to see and do in nature as […] Read more >

Healthy Kids from Day One sponsor Sen. Mark Udall greets a friend on National Get Outdoors Day Denver, in Denver's City Park (flickr | SenatorMarkUdall)

Healthy Kids from Day One Act Introduced to Fight the Inactive, Indoor American Childhood

2/17/2012 // By Hillary Tipton

Last week, Michelle Obama joined thousands of students in Iowa and Florida to celebrate the two-year anniversary of Let’s Move!, the First Lady’s campaign to fight childhood obesity. Over its short history, Let’s Move! has indeed made some remarkable milestones, […] Read more >

Glacier National Park in Montana (flickr | Meredith Rendall Photography)

National Parks Can Help Make America’s Kids Healthier…and That Helps Parks, Too.

1/27/2012 // By Max Greenberg

A lot happened at America’s Summit on National Parks, which met this week in the large, confusing Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington. Its purpose was plan for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in […] Read more >

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Yes, Kids Watch a Lot of TV, But We Shouldn’t Give Up on Getting Them Outside

10/28/2011 // By Max Greenberg

The scariest thing about television may not be the array of monster movies lined up on basic cable this month. A new report from Common Sense Media (PDF ) finds that more than half of all American children between the ages […] Read more >

Outdoor Nation Ambassador Juan Herrera tells his story (photo by Marine Jaouen, NWF)

“I Would Be Dead” Without The Colorado Flatirons: Great Outdoors as Lifeline

9/23/2011 // By Max Greenberg

The centerpiece of yesterday’s Outdoors Alliance for Kids-hosted briefing on reconnecting Americans with the outdoors may have been the announcement that Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) will introduce Senate and House versions of the Healthy Kids […] Read more >

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