A recent medical report shows that while 90 percent of 9 year olds get a couple of hours of exercise most days, fewer than 3 percent of 15-year-olds do. “People don’t recognize this as the crisis that it is,” said lead author Dr. Philip Nader, a pediatrician and professor emeritus at the University of California at San Diego. The sharp drop raises concerns about inactivity continuing into adulthood, which could endanger kids’ health throughout their lives, the study authors said.
So here’s a great health reason to give a young person exposure to the joys of the outdoor life. Save a life, take a kid for a hike.
Better yet, give a kid an outdoors job. It turns out that there is just such a program run by the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Department called Junior Rangers. Junior Ranger trail improvement projects can be enjoyed all over our Boulder trail system.
If you run into a team of yellow-shirted teens and their team leader give them a shout out for all they do. Helping to save the trails and maybe even their lives at the same time makes for a great summer job. While you are shouting out, REI, Inc. deserves your support for providing a generous grant for the Junior Ranger program this year.