The Issue: Obesity in Nevada's Children
More than 24% of Nevada's children in grades 9 to 12 were overweight or obese in 2012, as well as more than 28% of children ages 2 to 5. Being overweight or obese puts youth at risk for health issues including heart disease, prediabetes, and bone and joint problems. However, putting children on a healthful path early can help prevent such issues from taking hold.
The Campaign: Sending Youth on an Outdoor Educational Trip
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Outside Las Vegas Foundation to expose children in urban environments to the benefits of nature. For every $875 raised, the Outside Las Vegas Foundation can sponsor a nature field trip for the youth at the Children's Heart Foundation—an organization that promotes nutrition for youth at risk of heart disease and diabetes. Students will travel to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area to learn about the environment and water conservation, hike a historic landscape, and participate in a healthy-cooking demonstration.
Outside Las Vegas Foundation
Although Mauricia Baca grew up among the skyscrapers of New York, one of her favorite things to do was hike, she explained in an article for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. She would spend hours journeying through Manhattan and combing Central Park—activities that led to summer jobs with the National Park Service, a degree in environmental law, and a profound appreciation for the benefits of nature. So it's hardly a surprise that she's now the executive director of the Outside Las Vegas Foundation.
The Las Vegas Valley dazzles with more than 600 miles of trails through the Red Rock National Conservation Area, the Valley of Fire, and Tule Springs, and Baca strives to connect Nevada residents to each. To do so, her foundation organizes adopt-a-trail efforts, get outdoors programs, and onsite health initiatives. Seeing these places instills a love for the environment, but it also helps promote healthy lifestyles. "All you need is a pair of shoes" to exercise in nature, Baca says in the article. "You have to pay money to join a gym."
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