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Cornell Plantations Says “Let's Move!”

Let's Move

A hike for parents and children through the F. R. Newman Arboretum and Fall Creek Natural Area at Cornell Plantations marked the start of a three-year commitment to First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! program. The event, held August 14, was in response to a May appeal by Mrs. Obama for public gardens to join the fight for better childhood health.

“We are thrilled to take part in this initiative,” says Sonja Skelly, Cornell Plantations’ director of education. “Our arboretum, gardens, and natural areas are beautiful places where families can come for a walk, a run, and some vitamin N (for nature) to increase overall wellness—and have a good time!”

The Let’s Move initiative is dedicated to helping a generation of children make healthier choices and become more physically active, while also giving parents information and tools to assist. Studies have shown that time spent outdoors not only improves children’s physical health but has positive impacts on their creativity and problem-solving abilities as well as their emotional and intellectual development.

Cornell Plantations, along with museums, zoos, science and technology centers, other public gardens, and historic sites across the country, has plans for more events. These programs focus on getting kids outside and moving, while also teaching them how to grow their own food and eat healthier.