I'm a strong believer in practicing what is preached, so what better way is there to convince others to step outside more often than to be outside, on foot, most hours of the day myself?
(PRWEB) December 03, 2012
Who is this mother and how can she save future generations? Well, believe or not, we all know this mother, but have become detached from her. And to understand who she is, and how she can end childhood obesity for everyone, we must first look at the facts.
According to National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, only 5% of children in the United States, between the ages of 2 to 19 years old, were considered obese in the years 1971 to 1974. But in the years 2009 to 2010, 16.9% of children in the same age group were considered obese.
What has caused such a spike in childhood obesity?
Well, to give just one example, according to the 2010 Generation M2 Study, conducted by The Kaiser Family Foundation, children in the age range of 8 to 18 years old were spending on average 26 minutes a day playing video games, in 1999. But by 2009, children in the same age group were playing video games, on average, 73 minutes a day. So, in just a decade, children have almost tripled the amount of time they spend playing video games, on a daily basis.
But there was also a study, conducted by Rhonda Clements at Hofstra University in 2004, which found that mothers, when compared to their own children in the age range of 3 to 12 years old, were more than twice as likely to have played outside every day, when they were kids. The mothers, when they were kids, were also more than twice as likely to be outside for at least 3 hours at a time, when compared to their own kids.
So, it appears that our children have seen an increase in video game time and a decrease in outdoor play. And it might be safe to say that the only mother that can truly save our future generations is Mother Nature. If only we would reconnect our children with Mother Nature, she could slowly nurture them back to health, and put an end to childhood obesity. And that is exactly what Ben Guinter aims to do when he walks 4,834 Miles, from Delaware to California, in 2013.
"I'm a strong believer in practicing what is preached, so what better way is there to convince others to step outside more often than to be outside, on foot, most hours of the day myself?," says Ben.
He's run an outdoor travel site, called I Need to Go Outside, since 2009 and has noticed how inspired people get when they watch his videos and see the pictures he's taken for his site. And, as he walks across the country, he plans on creating daily videos and posting them to his site, so that kids and their parents can be inspired all next year, as they watch the videos, and maybe they'll step outside a little more often too.
Ben also plans on writing a book about his journey, and donating 10% of the profits from that book to the Children & Nature Network. But on top of the 7 month long journey on foot, the book, the donations, the daily videos, a free feature-length documentary and Ben's first marathon, he's giving everyone a chance to be a part of this journey and help make a difference for our children. Anyone who contributes to his campaign, and helps him make this journey possible, will receive a number of different gifts in return. And to find out more about this journey, and the gifts that will be given away, go to http://www.indiegogo.com/childobesity