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Forget the Road, Hit the Trail with the Family This Summer

June 6, 2008

Albuquerque - Gas has surged past $4 per gallon in parts of the Land of Enchantment, so the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is encouraging more families to "hit the trail" instead of hitting the road during this summer vacation. As NWF Education Advocacy Director, Heather White says it's not only healthier for the family budget, but there are major benefits for kids, especially in this age of concern about childhood obesity.

"Not only do you have mental health and academic benefits, you also have the physical benefits of exercise."

NWF has compiled research that indicates today's children spend only half the time outdoors as kids of previous generations and, as a result, many suffer from "nature deficits." NWF Vice President of Education, Kevin Coyle, understands that some parents keep their children indoors because of "stranger danger" fears. He points out, however, that there are greater risks for kids on the computer.

"The child who's online has a one in five chance of communicating directly with a sexual predator. It's actually, in our opinion, more dangerous for a kid online than it is outdoors."

White adds research also has shown that children with attention deficit disorders who spend time outdoors have improved concentration in the classroom.

This weekend, "National Trails Day" is a prime opportunity to begin a family commitment to regular outdoor activity, with events scheduled throughout the state. Find out what's happening in New Mexico at www.americanhiking.org; and learn more about the NWF's "Green Hour" initiative at www.greenhour.org.

Eric Mack/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - NM