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Health, Conservation, Youth-Serving Groups To Surgeon General:,Make Outdoor Time A Health Priority ,
Date:2/3/2010

National Wildlife Federation, 214 Groups, and 16,300 Citizens Support Benefits of Time Outside and Unstructured Outdoor Play

Washington (Vocus) February 3, 2010 -- National Wildlife Federation (NWF), more than 200 health, conservation, youth, and other organizations, and 16,300 Americans are urging the new surgeon general to make time outdoors a health priority for children.

The new citizen’s petition and letter of support to Dr. Regina Benjamin recommend a “Call to Action” to promote the health benefits of children who engage in regular unstructured outdoor play in their backyards, at local parks, or any green space that offers the opportunity to connect with nature.

Dr. Benjamin last week joined First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to announce plans for a healthier America through regular physical activity and better nutrition. Time unplugged and in nature should be an integral part of the vision.

Rebecca Garland, Executive Director of NWF’s Be Out There campaign, said today:

“National Wildlife Federation congratulates Dr. Regina Benjamin on her new role as America’s surgeon general. Today’s release of the citizen’s petition and organizational sign-on letter marks the formation of a massive, diverse community, partnering together around the common goal of getting America’s families healthy again and reconnected with nature. The medical, education, and environmental communities ask the surgeon general to recommend that all American children and their families take time everyday to Be Out There and interact with the natural world.”

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