The four primary issues we face involve solutions that begin with adults. We must reinforce the benefits of time spent in nature for both children and adults. Supportive research has existed for years, but the message remains buried in other clutter that prohibits families from engaging in the outdoors.
In K-12 education, high stakes testing and continuous improvement initiatives have virtually removed science from the radar. Math and language arts are the typical academic drivers in most districts while science and social studies continue to take the back seat.
No Child Left Inside is an international movement that requires vast resources and attention. It demands top-down focus and grass-roots efforts to meet in the middle and tackle the issues that loom over all of us. At local and global levels, it will take sustained energy to gather the momentum to move our children and families away from a sedentary existence and toward a more active, healthy lifestyle.
Obesity indexes in our state are on the rise. This trend directly impacts the health of our citizens. Our children need healthy role models and leaders who are disciplined and focused to pave the way forward.
The percentage of overweight children in the United States is growing at an alarming rate, with 1 out of 3 kids now considered overweight or obese.