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“Cabin Fever” Meets its Match this Holiday Week

December 24, 2007

Columbus, OH – With students home from school this holiday week, many Ohio families will be looking for ways to cure "cabin fever" and burn off some holiday calories, too. A new nationwide effort aims to help out, by getting kids outside and into nature, over the holidays and all year long.

David Mizejewski with the National Wildlife Federation says research shows that many children and teenagers are cut off from nature. They spend more hours per day watching television or sitting at computers, but only minutes a day in the great outdoors.

"We're trying to empower people to turn off their television sets, log off of their e-mail, go outside, get some fresh air, get some exercise and experience nature."

He adds there's one good way for families to use the computer, however: Turn to the new "Nature Find" website for listings of local parks and wilderness areas. They'll also find suggestions for seasonal outdoor activities at

Mizejewski says Ohio has a lot to offer when it comes to outdoor fun.

"I just typed an Ohio ZIP code into Nature Find, and there literally are dozens of parks and other places where folks can get outside. It's really a great resource to locate these places that you might not even have known were right in your neighborhood."

Rob Ferrett/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - OH