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By Cynthia Hobgood<br />

Jun 4, 2010

President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum May 28 establishing the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to promote and support innovative community-level efforts to conserve outdoor spaces and to reconnect Americans to the outdoors. The America's Great Outdoors Initiative builds upon Let's Move, First Lady Michelle Obama's effort to help our children eat more nutritious foods, lead healthier lives, and increase their physical activity.

Kids need at least 60 minutes of active and vigorous play each day, and one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to meet this goal is by playing outside. Let’s Move Outside! gives parents the tools they need to get their families moving outdoors. By linking parents to nearby parks, trails and waters – and providing tips and ideas – Let’s Move Outside! will help families become healthier and develop a more active lifestyle. 

The U.S. Departments of the Interior (DOI) and Agriculture (USDA) are leading a coordinated Federal effort to get kids moving outside.  Together, these agencies oversee more than one-fifth of the nation’s landmass, including nearly 200 million acres of National Forest, 84 million acres of National Parks, and over 60,000 miles of National Trails.

Join First Lady Michelle Obama, along with doctors, teachers, land managers, community leaders and others in this nationwide campaign to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity by unplugging and reconnecting outside.

Where to go?

There are forests, parks and play spaces all over the country. So no matter where you live, you won't have to go very far to get outside. Find a place to get moving outside:

Find forests and parks near you
Enter your zip code or city and state and find nearby places to hike, bike, fish, camp and more.

Find Federal lands, trails and waters
Visit Recreation.gov and find national parks and recreational lands near you, even find your perfect camping site.

Find a local playground
Search by location or play ground name and find a place to play in your community