Nature Play WA Launch Nature Play Summer Campaign

“This challenge encourages WA kids to venture into the outdoors for a minimum of two hours for every hour spent in front of a screen,” Ms Davies said.

The challenge has been set to get kids spending a minimum of two hours being active outdoors for every hour spent in front of the screen during the school holidays, which start tomorrow.

  • Two hours outdoors for every hour in front of a screen 
  • Improve physical and mental health and wellbeing and create memories
  • Share your outdoor summer fun at #natureplaysummer and inspire others

Minister Mia Davies with kids playing outside

[Minister Mia Davies MLA with kids getting involved in nature play]

Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies today called for West Australian families to make this an active summer to remember by taking on the Nature Play Summer Challenge.

“This challenge encourages WA kids to venture into the outdoors for a minimum of two hours for every hour spent in front of a screen,” Ms Davies said.

“A large majority of children in Australia exceed the recommended maximum of two hours a day in front of a screen and alarmingly WA kids spend, on average, 22 hours indoors a day.

“These are some alarming findings. With the school holidays starting tomorrow, this is an  opportune time to shake up these practices.”

Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier Donna Faragher, represented Premier Colin Barnett at today’s announcement. She said the Nature Play Summer Challenge was about being active outdoors but also offered great potential for family adventures.

“Being active outdoors is good for children’s physical and mental health and wellbeing but it is also a great way for families to spend time together and can be the source of many of our best memories,” Mrs Faragher said.

“WA families can share their ideas and pictures of how they are meeting the challenge via social media using hashtag #natureplaysummer and at the same time inspire other families.”

To help WA families rise to the challenge, Nature Play WA will share ideas, activities and outdoor events over the summer holidays on their Facebook page every day at 5pm. Get on and check out ideas for the next day.

The heat of summer can make being active harder so aim to spend your active outdoor time in the morning or evening, avoid being outdoors in the middle of the day and always Slip Slop and Slap to protect against skin cancer when you are outside.
 

Fact file

Check Nature Play’s Facebook page daily from Friday, December 19, 2014 until February 2, 2015
Aimed at children 0-12 years, Nature Play encourages more children to play outdoors more often to reap the benefits of playing, learning and being physically active

To find out more - visit the campaign page http://www.natureplaywa.org.au/nature-play-summer-challenge

This article originally appeared on the Department of Sport and Recreation news articles found here.

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