According to the Outdoor Recreation Participation Report, 2008, engagement in outdoor activities by youths aged 6–17 dropped 11% in 2007 over the previous year. The National Wildlife Federation states that American children spend 53 hours per week plugged into electronic media. IDEA member Rosemary Hohl wants to change that. In an effort to help kids embrace and set healthy behaviors, she has developed a program called “Inspire Kids to Tri.” According to Hohl, her mission is to “inspire kids, ages 7 to 15, to participate in a triathlon and offer the opportunity to have fun while being fit and reaching goals.” Hohl’s triathlons are kid-friendly and age-specific. For example, kids in the 7–8 age group are challenged to complete a 100 meter swim, 5K bike ride and 1K run. The challenge increases with age. “Sports should be one of the most enjoyable and educational activities our children get to do,” says Hohl. “The gift of participating in the sport allows a child to be immersed in a world that teaches life lessons without them even knowing.” To learn more about this program, visit www.inspirekidstotri.com.
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