Triangle kids get outdoor time as part of federal initiative

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Kids enjoying outside activities as part of a federal youth program (WTVD)

First Lady Michelle Obama and the Department of the Interior chose Raleigh as one of 50 cities to participate in her "Let's Move! Outside" initiative. That means kids could start getting opportunities to play and learn how to do some things outside they might not know.

It also means the YMCA of the Triangle gets funding for the next 2 years to organize ways for kids to play, learn, and serve their communities.

Kids in Raleigh started to plant bushes and flowers around Annie Wilkerson's Nature Preserve Park but most didn't really know what they were doing. But they learned thanks to the program.

"We see changes in society through kids having less and less exposure to the outdoors and how much that does for character building through mental health," said Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane. "There's so many pieces of it that kids learn though having that connection with the environment."

David Jayo, a senior advisor at the Department of the Interior, said they chose Raleigh in part due to having over 200 parks.

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