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No Tennessee Child Left “Inside”

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January 6, 2009

Nashville, TN – Thousands of Tennessee children will spend their time this winter inside playing video games or watching outdoor events on television, when they could be enjoying the outdoors themselves. Michael Butler with the Tennessee Wildlife Federation says this state has more opportunities than most for children to get outside and do something.

"That means getting out and getting a hike in, or going hunting or going fishing. We have the number-one state park system in the United States, and we need to be utilizing that."

In Butler's opinion, besides providing great exercise for kids and great family time, getting people out into the parks helps Tennessee's economy.

"These types of activities also serve as a little bit of an injection into rural economies, and an important part of Tennessee's rural economy is outdoor recreation."

According to Butler, getting kids outdoors improves both their mental and physical health, and he says the winter months are some of the best to get outdoors because families can see so many different things this time of year that are hidden in summer.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - TN