Photo: This year, we're keeping our outside shoes on

This year, we’re keeping our outside shoes on.

It's back-to-school time. Time to trade picnics and playgrounds for inside shoes and inside voices.

But does it have to be?

This year, we at the David Suzuki Foundation are keeping our outside shoes on. And we want you and your family to join us.

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The average North American child spends as few as 30 minutes playing outside each day, and more than seven hours in front of a screen. And yet, all the research tells us that time outside makes children healthier, happier and smarter.

That's why this year, we're staying outside for the Fall Family Challenge. We'll be exploring nature in our backyards and beyond, learning about how we're connected to the environment and how our actions affect it.

Want to join us? Ready the children in your life and sign up for our Fall Family Challenge at

Each week for four weeks starting September 16, we'll send you a fun outdoor activity complete with step-by-step instructions. Throughout the weeks, stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, where we'll share the stories you tell us and photos you send, plus tips and more activities.

Sign up now, and join a growing community of Canadians determined to keep their outside shoes on!

September 9, 2013

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Dec 07, 2013
9:57 AM

Is there any way we can show people what companies and products are involved with GMO’s so people can make alternative choices?

Sep 14, 2013
12:20 PM

Thanks David for introducing Mother Nature to our youth. I am a Senior Citizen (85 plus) very healthy and active. Much of my time is spent outdoors,gardening,walking, exercising and (dancing weekly-indoors). Recently, I received information on Grounding -Earthing.A group of 12 Seniors, at this point, are out every day, bare feet on the moist lawn, enjoying and experiencing, amazing health enhancing results, unbelievable! This information came through from Dr. S. Sinatra on grounding.Our synthetic soled foot wear prevents receiving the healing energy Mother Earth has an abundant supply for all. Can you add more information on this topic? Thanks David

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