Make 2017 the ‘Explore the Great Outdoors’ year

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For many of us, our fondest childhood memories were made outdoors, swinging, running, fishing and exploring nature. That’s not the case for many children today. Many of them spend very little time outdoors and too much time in front of computers, tablets and other electronic devices. Let’s change these statistics by making getting outdoors a priority for our families in 2017.
Getting outside is beneficial for everyone. Not only do we need sun exposure for our daily dose of vitamin D, but getting outside could help increase your physical activity and improve your mental well-being. Here are some ways you can get more outdoor time.
q Walk around your neighborhood. Take the dog if you have one.
q Go to a playground at a local park.
q Hike.
q Take nature photos as you explore outdoors.
q Plant a garden.
q Go on a nature hunt. Make it a game, and see who can collect the most leaves, insects, spot the most birds, etc.
q Visit a state or national park. Kentucky is home to many great state parks as well as Mammoth Cave National Park.
More information on ways to get outdoors and increase your physical activity is available at the Trimble County Cooperative Extension office.
Source: Ashley Osborne, extension specialist for 4-H youth development
Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.

Ralph Hance is Trimble County’s Cooperative Extension agent for 4-H and youth development.