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    Welcome to Get Outdoors Florida!
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    Let fishing be the gateway to your next adventure
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    Angle your way to good health
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    Rest in the clean air of Florida's forests
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    Turn a bike ride into an adventure on a wooded trail
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    Enjoy a relaxing ride to connect with nature and a friend too
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    Paddle your way to fitness
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    Discover the wonders of a hardwood hammock

MISSION

Engaging communities, families, and individuals in outdoor experiences to achieve healthier lifestyles and sustain Florida's natural resources.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES SUPPORT OVERALL
WELLNESS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Get Outdoors Florida! is the collaboration between statewide partners in both the public and private sector confronting the need to reconnect communities, families, and individuals with nature in an effort to improve whole health. Additionally, the partnerships of Get Outdoors Florida! increase opportunities for greater environmental education, public health, child welfare, increased tourism, fish and wildlife conservation, and ongoing land management.

 

'Time in nature is not leisure time; it's an essential investment in our children's health'.


- Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

 

Childhood obesity rates have tripled since 1980, and today some 12.5 million American children are obese. The CDC reports that as of 2010, 25% of Florida's population is obese. Obesity is the root of some of the leading causes of preventable death including: heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

Sedentary lifestyle is a major contributor to obesity, and outdoor activities offer much in the way of curbing sedentary patterns in children that will carry on into adulthood.

 

Physical activity in adulthood begins in childhood!

 

Evidence shows that outdoor nature play reduces obesity rates in children. We are proud to announce that through a COPE grant, Get Outdoors Florida! has created Florida's first training tool in prescribing outdoor experiences as a means to wellness. Designed for physicians, this training module will present the data and the ways in which physicians may make recommendations to patients on how they can better their lives and whole health through outdoor experiences.