By: Mission Healthy Living
September 14, 2015
Calling all fourth graders!
Thanks to President Obama's "Every Kid in a Park" initiative, all fourth graders and their families will be be granted free admission to National Parks and other federal lands and waters for a whole year! And what better time to get outside to visit your local, National Park then during National Childhood Obesity Awareness month which is all September long.
In preparation for the National Park Service's 100th birthday, Every Kid in a Park is an initiative to get kids moving outdoors instead of engaging in sedentary behavior while consumed by a digital device. In 2010, a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that kids spend an average of seven hours a day using an electronic device which equates to nearly 53 hours a week.
Kids can start their adventure by filling out a diary entry for Every Kid in a Park on what they'd like to see and do in the parks. Then, they can read the stories they just created and print out their pass. It's that easy! All passes come with a unique code that cannot be copied from person to person. These passes must be submitted in print form as electronic verisons will not be accepted.
Educators and/or adults who engage fourth graders through activities such as religious or after-school groups, can get their classes signed up too!
Don't miss out on this FREE opportunity to enjoy all the beauty that the great outdoors has to offer while learning about our Nation's history at the same time!