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

Thousands of kids will be exploring nature in their neighbourhoods with the David Suzuki Foundation's four-week Fall Family Challenge

VANCOUVER - Today the David Suzuki Foundation launched the Fall Family Challenge, a national campaign aimed at getting kids (and their parents) outside this fall through a series of four fun weekly challenges.

"This year, we at the David Suzuki Foundation are keeping our outside shoes on, and we want kids across the country to join us," said project lead Rachelle Delaney. "The Fall Family Challenge will help families get outside and explore the wonders of nature in our neighbourhoods—from probing puddles to 'sprouting' old socks."

While adults spend an estimated 9.3 hours a day sitting in their cars, workplaces and homes, research shows that kids aren't fairing much better. 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. At the same time, researchers have presented overwhelming evidence that time outside makes people healthier, happier and smarter.

That is why for the second year, the David Suzuki Foundation is holding a Fall Family Challenge that will see thousands of families across the country exploring nature in their backyards and beyond. They will be learning how they are connected to the environment and how their actions affect it.

"During the busy back-to-school season, it's easy to forget about spending time outside," said Delaney. "There's no better time to cultivate a family nature habit."

Starting September 16, participants will receive weekly emails containing fun outdoor activities, instructions and tips. Throughout the weeks, they can connect to the Foundation's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for stories, photos and tips from families across Canada.

Families can find out more and sign up for the Fall Family Challenge at www.getbackoutside.ca.

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For more information, please visit www.getbackoutside.ca or contact: Rachelle Delaney, David Suzuki Foundation, 604.762.4228 ext 1231, rdelaney@davidsuzuki.org

September 16, 2013

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