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Play Date for 50,000 in Central Park
News of the movement to get kids back outside seems to be everywhere these days, but this event in New York City is worthy of special mention! A coalition called Play for Tomorrow hosted a Giant Block Party, expecting to attract 10,000 people. To their surprise, 50,000 showed up to participate in games like I Spy and drawing on the sidewalk with chalk (hop scotch, perhaps!). Read about it here.
Richard Louv speaks to American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics has invited Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, to speak at their national conference in October, 2010. This is evidence of the growing recognition of the critical role that nature plays in healthy childhood development. The AAP also recently published a paper, "Build with Recreation in Mind". An estimated 32% of American children are overweight, and physical inactivity contributes to this high prevalence of overweight. This policy statement highlights how the built environment of a community affects children's opportunities for physical activity. Read more...
Ohio Children’s Outdoor Bill Of Rights
In September, 2010, an Ohio Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights has been endorsed by Governor Ted Strickland and more than thirty Mayors across Ohio. Click here to view the Ohio Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights.
The Report On Ohio’s Initiative To Reconnect Children With Nature
This report, prepared by the Ohio Leave No Child Inside Collaboratives, in partnership with the Governor’s Office and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, summarizes the issues surrounding the diminishing connection of children to nature and sets forth strategies to return a healthy lifestyle to Ohio’s children. Click here to download the Report.
Leave No Child Inside Goes Statewide
2010 saw the rapid expansion of the Leave No Child Inside movement in Ohio, as five collaboratives across Ohio came together to form the Ohio Leave No Child Inside Collaboratives. Click here to visit the statewide website and to be added to receive statewide news updates.
Safe Routes To School
Cincinnati Public Schools has been selected to participate in the federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. This program engages the school, parents and the community in an effort to make it safe for children to walk or bike to school. Leave No Child Inside – Greater Cincinnati is helping to identify parks and other greenspaces that can be integrated into the walking routes. We will help to negotiate joint use agreements and to facilitate volunteer trail construction projects when needed. Click here to learn more about the Safe Routes to School program.