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Getting Families and Kids Healthy, on TRACK

Citizen-Times – September 24, 2014
By Marla Hardee Milling

Getting Families and Kids Healthy, on TRACK Getting kids to play outdoors shouldn't be a hard challenge, but experts say it is becoming increasingly difficult to engage children in the natural world. Carolyn Ward, CEO of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, cites a Kaiser Family Foundation study in revealing how little time kids spend outdoors. "Kids ages 4 to 14 are plugged in for 7.65 hours a day," Ward said. "If you take away school, eating and sleeping, 7.65 hours a day represents all your free time. Many kids are outside in unstructured play for only 4-7 minutes a day. "When you ask kids where their preferred…
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