OH Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights Signed, Rally Celebrates OH Leave No Child Inside

OH Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights Signed, Rally Celebrates OH Leave No Child Inside
Remember growing up and racing off on your bike with friends, collecting lightning bugs in a jar or exploring a nearby stream or woods?

Will your kids?

Probably not.

Children on average are spending seven hours and 38 minutes a day - more than 50 hours a week - watching television, playing computer games or using a computer, a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation says.

"This indoor, sedentary lifestyle is taking a toll on our children," said Jenny Morgan, founder of the Leave No Child Inside collaborative of central Ohio.

The grass-roots effort to encourage kids to get off the couch, put down their video games and play outside is hoping to spread the word with the help of Gov. Ted Strickland, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and local officials and organizations across Ohio.

Strickland signed the Ohio Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights, a nonbinding proclamation supporting the endeavor and encouraging parents, educators and others to help children reconnect with nature.

"Growing up in rural Ohio, some of my greatest childhood memories were times spent outdoors, but, sadly, too many of today's children are losing out on those memories and experiences," Strickland said.

"It's important that we all work together to encourage children to experience the great outdoors for their own physical and social well-being."

At a rally in Columbus yesterday, the Ohio Leave No Child Inside coalition launched a new campaign to provide families and schools information…
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