A Solution for Nature Deficit Disorder

by Press Release | Jun 25, 2007
A Solution for Nature Deficit Disorder Much discussion recently has been centered on childhood obesity and the “nature deficit disorder”[1] that is plaguing today’s youth. Today, government, corporate, education, and religious leaders will convene in the first meeting of the National Forum on Children and Nature to discuss the “No Child Left Inside” initiative that is a call to reconnect children with the natural environment.

The push to increase outdoor recreation comes as schools are letting out for the summer and parents are faced with the decisions of how to keep their children busy during the summer months. According to a recent study[2], children are more likely to gain weight during summer break than they are during the school year. This finding, coupled with the “No Child Left Inside” initiative, is a clear indication that people will be looking for family friendly activities that draw interest and involvement in the outdoors.

Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) is offering a solution this summer to get children more involved in outdoor activity. The Kid’s Passport to Adventure program offers families the chance to recreate outside, all the while learning about their local environment. The program gets parents and children involved in recreational activities, promoting overall family health.

Throughout the summer, kids can pick up their own special passport-style adventure journal (available in REI stores) to record field notes, attach photos, make drawings, play games and capture their thoughts about each local hike and bike ride. At the same time, parents can get information on each of the hikes and bike rides, including driving directions and helpful tips on getting out.

Philadelphia-area bike rides offered through the program include Wharton State Forest, Valley Forge: Joseph Plumb Martin Trail, and Nottingham County Park.

Hiking trails include Delaware Canal Towpath at New Hope, Eastern French Creek State Park, Fort Washington State Park, Wissahickon River Gorge, and Indian Springs Trail.

If you'd like to speak with a local REI family hiking and cycling expert or a Passport to Adventure program participant, please contact jenna.bosco@mullen.com or (412) 402-0113.

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