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February 15, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) – More than 100 creative recreation industry and federal agency leaders participated in Partners Outdoors 2011 late last month. The dual themes were Health and the Great Outdoors and Getting More Americans into Their Great Outdoors. Organizations represented are centrally involved in efforts to link Americans to the outdoors.* The conference took place at the Gaylord Texan and on Lake Grapevine in Grapevine, Texas. Assistant Secretary of the Army, Civil Works, opened the event.
Participants studied key public and private efforts underway to connect people to the outdoors at the national, state and local levels, including the Obama Administration's new America's Great Outdoors initiative. Discussions built on the groundbreaking dialogue at last year’s Partners Outdoors meeting between the healthcare and recreation communities, with medical doctors and others sharing ideas and experiences. There is growing agreement that real promise exists for improving the health of the American people through recreation, including redirecting focus from traditional spending on drugs and surgery to investments in recreation facilities and opportunities.
Session topics included: The Future of Recreation; America’s Great Outdoors Initiative: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We’re Going; Partners Working to Keep Americans Fishing and Boating in the Great Outdoors; Getting Americans Back Outdoors; Health People, Healthy Places: Building the Link; Opportunities for Partnerships Promoting Active Lifestyles in the 21st Century; Education and the Outdoors; Making Great Outdoors Month a Vehicle for Action; and People and the Great Outdoors:…
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