Wyoming Children More Active Than U.S. Average

Jeff Schuman reports, jschuman@k2tv.com

A new survey shows Wyoming Children spend almost twice as much time outdoors than the U.S. average.

From jump roping to trampolines to basketball...

"We are trying to make fitness fun," said Tammy Till, co-chairman of the Wyoming Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Third grade students had a ball on Health and Fitness day.

"We are trying to get the kids to understand that being active can also help them to be healthy."

In the first of its kind, Governor Mead announced the results to a children and the outdoors survey today.

"We have our kids spending 3.7 hours per day in the month of August outside, which is great because compared to the national average of 2 hours we're doing a lot better," Governor Matt Mead said.

At the same time, there are challenges kids face with getting outdoors as the survey showed 77% of parents feel they need to supervise their children's play outside, but do not have the time to do so. But parents do trust teachers.

"One of the things we're doing in partnership with the University of Wyoming is offering a training this summer for teachers across the state in which they get both graduate credits as well as good training and doing outdoors science education with their students," said Tammy Till, executive director of Teton Science Schools.

99% of Wyoming parents say playing outside is important, but 65% want their children to spend more time outside.

"We all have a role to play and our public lands, our state and federal agencies in making sure kids continue to have opportunities to enjoy the outdoors where kids and parents can come and learn how to recreate in the outdoors and become aware of all the fabulous opportunities that are available," State Parks Director Milward Simpson said.