National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There™ Movement toGet Children Playing & Learning Outdoors
Americans spend less time outdoorstoday than ever in history.
The ChallengeHow much time do children ages 8 – 18 spend plugged into electronic media per day? • 2 hours and 21 minutes • 4 hours and 25 minutes • 7 hours and 38 minutes 7 hours and 38 minutes • 9 hours and 02 minutes
Obesity Overweight (% of pop.) (% of pop.)Colorado 18% 37% U.S. 24% 37% Obesity: By Body Mass Index 25 20 Nationwide 15 Median % Colorado 10 5 0 1988 1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 YearsSource: BRFSS, 2007. (SCORP)
Physical Health heart disease high blood pressure sleep disorders Physical Inactivity = Obesity liver disease = metabolic syndrome high cholesterol asthma orthopedic and joint complications mental health problems eating disorders type 2 diabetes
Reason for Not Spending % of Respondents More Time Outdoors (6-19 yrs. Old)More involved in indoor 38%sportsNeighborhood does not 25%have good accessDont have anyone to play 22%outdoors withNo transportation 21%It is not safe to play or do 13%sports outside Source: NSRE, IRIS, 2007-2009. N= 900.
More Policy Solutions• Restore Recess Campaign• Increase or protect Federal Funding for Agencies through Annual Appropriations Process• Pass the No Child Left Inside Act: Environmental Education at K-12 Level, State Environmental Literacy State Plans• Incorporate Time Outdoors into School Wellness Plans• Pass Other Authorizing Bills to Support Connecting Children with Nature
Be Out There State PolicyCampaign WA MT ME ND VT OR MN NH MA ID WI NY SD MI WY RI CT IA PA NJ NV NE OH DE IL IN UT CO WV MD VA CA KS MO KY NC TN AZ OK AR SC NM MS AL GA Policy Secured TX LA Active in FL Coalition AK Involved in NWF Regional Grassroots Office Movement HI