Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Support kidsí going outdoors

     We as Idahoans cherish the outdoors—its beauty, breadth, wildlife and limitless recreating possibilities. Last month I had the momentous opportunity to speak about this topic with our elected officials in Washington, D.C. The outdoors is an important piece of our national heritage, as is our democratic process.

     Representing Sun Valley Adaptive Sports and the 2nd District, I spoke with our congressional officials as part of the Sierra Club delegation to promote the Healthy Kids Outdoors Act. We discussed the importance of recreating outdoors, of protecting our public lands, of increasing accessibility and of providing funds for economic and health benefits.

     I learned that children today devote an average of four to seven minutes a day to unstructured outdoor play, while an average of seven and a half hours every day are spent idling in front of the television. The reality is that our children’s health is declining, and this will have a severe generational impact.

     The proposed act will improve children’s health, support economic growth and strengthen the future of conservation in America. It is imperative that we preserve our national lands and the freedoms they enable. I hope we will all join the fight to protect our heritage.

Kate Weihe


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