October 23, 2018 – Canadian youth are spending an average of nearly eight hours a day in front of screens, taking a toll on the health and wellbeing of a generation of Canadians.
Recent studies have shown that Canadians, and Canadian youth in particular, are spending less and less time outdoors which impacts everything from physical fitness, obesity rates, mental health, mood, and more.
On Wednesday, October 24, we are encouraging all Canadians to get outside and enjoy nature as an individual or with a group of friends or family.
In 2011, Colin Harris, founder and Executive Director of Take Me Outside ran over 7,600 kilometres (the equivalent of 181 marathons!) from St. John’s, NL to Victoria, BC.
Along the way, he visited 80 schools and met with almost 20,000 students, talking about the importance of finding balance between the amount of time they spend outside and the time they are spending in front of screens. The final day of his cross Canada run was in late October.
To celebrate the end of his mega-run and to continue the momentum of awareness raising on this important issue, Take Me Outside Day was established.
It is a day to highlight the importance of unplugging and spending time outside, being active and connecting with nature. It’s also a time to play and have fun in the fresh air.
“Within the Kawartha watershed we are very fortunate to have five beautiful and diverse conservation and natural areas with kilometres of trails to enjoy and explore,” said Kristie Virgoe, Director of Stewardship and Conservation Lands. “Whether in one of our conservation areas or along a trail or in their own backyard, we hope everyone will take an hour to go outside and experience nature and fresh air for Take Me Outside Day.
To learn more about our conservation and natural areas, visit us online at kawarthaconservation.com/conservation-areas.