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Take to the trees – Take Me Outside Day – Oct. 25

It’s true… kids these days can spend up to 8 hours a day sitting in front of a computer screen.
Yikes… that’s a hard pill to swallow.
But luckily there is relief in sight – today is Take me Outside Day – a fabulous initiative to change that trend.
Last year, Colin Harris, founder and executive director of Take Me Outside ran more than 7,600 kilometres, the equivalent of 181 marathons from St. John’s, N.L. to Victoria, B.C.  Along the way, he went into 80 schools and chatted with almost 20,000 students about the importance of finding better balance with the amount of time they spend outside compared to the time they are spending in front of screens.
Today more than 15,000 students across the country have committed to spending 30 minutes or more outside, to raise awareness about the importance of unplugging and spending time outside.
Because nothing beats being active and connecting with nature.
It’s good for the body and for the soul, and is as effective for kids as well as adults.
I know I am happy to commit to spending more time outside today – speaking of which, it’s time to head out the door to go walk amongst the big cedar trees while the autumn sun glimmers through the trees and sparkles on the water top.
For more info on the organization, check out: http://takemeoutside.ca