{Be Out There} Get Outside!

by Leighann on April 19, 2010

We are an outdoorsy family. My kids would rather be outside. We camp each summer–we even purchased a used pop-up last year. The funny thing is that even when we are not at a state park, my daughter wants to “camp” in our driveway on the weekends–which we often indulge. My two (almost 3) year old son brings us his shoes right after waking and says “I want to go outside.” He would really spend his entire day out there. We try to incorporate outdoor time each day as we can. We enjoy taking walks in our neighborhood.

Exercise is very important for people with diabetes for over all good health, but can also help high blood sugars come back in range. And though playing in our backyard may not be formal exercise, just getting out and moving is great for the body.

Though my daughter’s Type 1 diabetes was something that we could not have prevented and there is no cure, I am incredibly saddened to see children and teens acquiring Type 2 diabetes which is typically a result of lifestyle: excess weight and inactivity. Historically, Type 2 diabetes was called “adult onset diabetes” because a lifetime of poor choices can contribute to it’s development. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented and in most cases reversed. But if parents are overweight, inactive, and eat poorly, it is likely that their children will do the same.

I am honored to be part of a new project that really does align with our family’s core values and I am proud to help spread the word about the importance of getting outdoors.

Founding Mother

Be Out There Founding Mothers “represent a diverse group of women who personally understand and care deeply about the challenges and benefits of getting families outside, experiencing nature. As part of the connected community, these women advise the National Wildlife Federation and help promote outdoor activities through a variety of new media networks.”

What does that mean? It means that I am going to help the National Wildlife Federation spread the word about the importance of outdoor play by documenting how our family gets outdoors.

Sign the Pledge

Did you know that on average kids spend only four to seven minutes outside per day? Yet they are in front of electronic media more than six hours per day! That is quite frankly unacceptable to me.

To show how easy it is to get fresh air each day, I am taking a week-long challenge and documenting some of our outdoor activities. What can you do? You can sign the Be Out There Pledge:

I pledge to spend time outside, exploring, learning and playing. I will encourage the kids in my life to get outside more, too!

What could be simpler?

I hope you follow along this week with my family as we take the challenge.

My challenge to you: Get outside this week. The National Wildlife Federation even offers lots of ideas of things you can do with the kids and a parents’ guide to get you started. If you have a blog, write a post about something you do outside this week and share the link.

Want to find more great blogs? Check out the other Founding Mothers:

Read more posts about our family’s experience with the National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There Challenge.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 joy smith April 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm

My family is the same way, we love to be outside!!


2 Michelle April 19, 2010 at 8:05 pm

I really like what you have to say in this post. Getting outside and getting moving is SO VERY IMPORTANT for everyone, but those with diabetes may not realize how great it is for their health and well being. I really like the idea of the pledge too. Thinks like that help to move intention into action.

Do you know about Diabetes Outside? I think you and Amy Gonsalves might need to have a chat!


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