Wednesday, July 16, 2008

An Outdoor Legacy

New information about our kids’ health amps up the urgency surrounding AB 2989, the “Leave No Child Inside” Act.

A groundbreaking study published in the
Journal of American Medicine finds that a growing number of young people aged 9 to 15 aren’t getting as much “moderate-to-vigorous physical activity” as they used to. Nine-year-olds averaged at least three hours of that high-octane exercise, but 15-year-olds spent less than an hour (49 minutes) being active, the study finds.

AB 2989 could reverse that trend by offering grants to get young people outside, setting healthy patterns that could last a lifetime. It would especially benefit underprivileged kids, who suffer higher rates of juvenile diabetes, obesity and other health challenges.

Outdoor recreation gets kids on the right path. And you can help get AB 2989 on the right path too. PLEASE CONTACT members of the Senate Appropriations Committee to tell them to vote the bill off the suspense calendar!

LA Times, New York Times and Science Daily were among nearly 500 news organizations covering this issue.

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