Moving Outdoors in Nature Act Supports Recreation, Health Initiatives

Congressman Kind of Wisconsin Introduces Bill to Connect Kids to Nature

11-18-2010 // Amanda Cooke

Congressman Ron Kind (D–WI) today introduced the Moving Outdoors in Nature Act in the U.S. House of Representatives.  The bill supports federal, state and local plans that help connect children with the natural world.

The Moving Outdoors in Nature Act will help get America’s kids healthy and active by bolstering support for more natural play areas, outdoor recreation programs, public health initiatives, outdoor learning environments, service learning and other initiatives.  Visit beoutthere.org/MONA to learn more.

“National Wildlife Federation commends Congressman Kind for introducing this legislation that will help combat obesity and improve overall health in the United States.  Once passed, the Moving Outdoors in Nature Act can get Americans moving and engaged in recreation and active outdoor play,” said Patrick Fitzgerald, NWF’s Director of Education Advocacy. 

The Moving Outdoors in Nature Act (H.R. 6426) will achieve its goals by:

• Directing President Obama to develop a federal strategy to connect children, youth and families with the outdoors;
• Encouraging states to develop similar state-based strategies that incorporate public health, parks and recreation, transportation, and other initiatives at the local level; and
• Supporting research documenting the health, conservation, and other benefits of active time spent outdoors in the natural world.

The conditions are right for making lasting changes in the ways children, youth and families relate to nature.  In June 2010, first lady Michelle Obama unveiled Let’s Move Outside!, which expands upon the first lady’s campaign to solve childhood obesity within a generation by providing resources for families to get active in nature. 

In addition, the Obama administration recently completed more than two dozen listening sessions nationwide as part of the president’s America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) initiative.   The Moving Outdoors in Nature Act will complement this presidential initiative and could provide the framework for developing a broad-based strategy to reconnect children and their families to the outdoors.

OAK - Outdoor Alliance for Kids

The Outdoors Alliance for Kids supports the Moving Outdoors in Nature Act

The Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) supports the passage of this new bill.  The positive momentum of legislation such as the Moving Outdoors in Nature Act helps further the movement to connect kids with nature and create more livable communities.  Learn more about OAK at www.OutdoorsAllianceForKids.org.

Read the coalition press release.

Check out a fact sheet on the bill.

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