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Excerpt of press release from the Department of the Interior:

Salazar Underscores Importance of Healthy Outdoor Activity for Young People in Visit to Great Falls Park near Nation’s Capital

McLEAN, Va. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today underscored the importance of outdoor recreation for young people, taking a hike with members of the Youth Conservation Corps at Great Falls Park outside Washington, one of thousands of federal, state, and local parks and wildlife refuges near urban areas across the country.

“An average young person today spends six hours a day in front of a computer or TV and less than four minutes playing outdoors,” Salazar said. “If our young people today are going to grow up to be healthy adults, we must encourage them to get outdoors. In particular, we need to introduce them to the beauty of our national parks and wildlife refuges, many of which are within easy traveling distance of urban areas.”

For the rest of this article, see http://www.doi.gov/news/09_News_Releases/072309a.html

Discussion (2)¬

  1. Night-Gaunt says:

    The problem is that the outside isn’t very safe anymore. With all kinds of dumping of toxic waste outside of EPA control, general pollution, the local weather is getting harsh in many places, and without supervision from both parents working, or the even more numerous single parent homes with the absent parent at work or looking for work in the Man made depression. Its still needed but how to do it safely?

  2. Juan Natural says:

    I love your comics!
    I read them all :)
    I will be translating some of them to spanish and posting them on my eco-friendly blog.
    Thanks Stephanie!