WYOMING NEWS SERVICE, Cheyenne, WY – Children today spend less time outdoors than any other generation in history. Seven hours in front of electronic entertainment and seven minutes outside. That's what constitutes play for most kids, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation Study. That lack of outdoor activity is being cited in legislation just introduced in Congress as one of the reasons for rising childhood obesity.
The Moving Outdoors in Nature Act would encourage states to collaborate with communities, businesses and parents to increase outdoor activities. It's especially important in Wyoming, where the economy is so tied to the Great Outdoors. Patrick Fitzgerald with the National Wildlife Federation comments.
Fitzgerald says it's also about restoring balance to kids' lives.
The National Wildlife Federation, the Sierra Club and the YMCA are all supporting the legislation.