As childhood obesity rises, kids’ outdoor participation declines

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As childhood obesity rises, kids’ outdoor participation declines

Good Morning Campers, I read this story today on a friends blog and I could not believe the statistics. I am surprised in this day and age the participation levels could be declining still. The worst of it is that there is a decline in the connection to nature as a major result. Read below or check out this and other stories at this link. http://fitnessblog.projo.com/2009/01/as-childhood-ob.html

AndyCamper.

While overall participation in outdoor recreation among Americans is increasing, the connection to nature among kids is declining, according to a study by the Outdoor Foundation.

The 2008 Outdoor Recreation Participation Report, is based on an on-line survey capturing responses from over 60,000 Americans, ages six and older and covers 114 different outdoor activities. The survey represents a collaborative effort among The Outdoor Foundation, Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, National Golf Foundation, and SnowSports Industries America.

According to the report, over 50 percent of Americans participated in outdoor recreation in 2007, getting outside 11.36 billion times — either close to home, in a nearby park or on an overnight trip. While the increase in participation comes as good news to the outdoor recreation industry, the report also reveals over an 11-percent decline in participation in outdoor activities among kids, age 6 to 17 with the sharpest declines among youngsters age 6 to 12.

The insights detailed in the 2008 Outdoor Recreation Participation Report are critical to efforts nationwide seeking to understand and reverse the growing inactivity crisis among youth and the growing disconnect between youth and the outdoors.

“Children in America are suffering from the effects of obesity and inactivity at unprecedented levels,” said Chris Fanning, executive director of The Outdoor Foundation. “Teaching youth the benefits of a healthy active outdoor lifestyle will ensure healthier children, healthier communities, and healthier businesses.”

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