Let's Move Outside

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Let's Move Outside

Kids need at least 60 minutes of active play each day, and one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to meet this goal is by playing outside. Let's Move Outside, a program of the Let's Move! initiative, gives parents the tools they need to get their families moving outdoors. By linking parents to nearby parks, trails and waters, Let's Move Outside will help families become healthier and develop a more active lifestyle. National Public Lands Day is supporting the efforts of Let's Move Outside.

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), the USDA Forest Service and the Army Corps of Engineers are leading a coordinated Federal effort to get kids moving outside. Together, these agencies oversee more than one-fifth of the nation's landmass, including nearly 200 million acres of National Forest, 84 million acres of National Parks and over 60,000 miles of National Trails.

 

Public lands make the best playgrounds!

Outdoor play time and activities, such as hiking, skating and bicycling, are beneficial to a child's physical and mental well-being. Regular exposure to the natural environment can increase physical activity, help in childhood development, act as a coping mechanism for attention disorders and reduce stress. Learn more about the health benefits associated with outdoor play on the National Environmental Education Foundation’s Children and Nature Initiative webpage.

National Public Lands Day is a perfect opportunity for families to get outdoors and experience what public lands have to offer. They spend time in public lands and can stay after volunteering to take advantage of recreational opportunities. Further, volunteerism itself is a type of exercise, allowing children to get their hands dirty, have fun and benefit the community. By learning to help others, children are also learning to better themselves.

On September 29, 2012, children and families will get a chance to explore and enjoy America’s natural wonders. National Public Lands Day is a gateway for discovering the beauty and opportunity for fun at our parks – hiking, biking, swimming, recreating - and getting healthy in America’s backyard.

Remarks by the First Lady, Let's Move Outside - Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 2010

What to Do, Let's Move Outside. Utilize the web portal to find a public land for riding, swimming and playing.

Visit the resource section to learn more about recreation and public lands and opportunities for families living in cities.