“Get Out and Play” covers Capitol grounds


LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Child obesity is on the rise in Michigan.

Because of this organizations around the state are inviting kids to “get out and play” this summer.

Learning about the fun activities the Great Lakes State as to offer.

Canoes, fishing poles even tents. It might look like a campground but it’s the Michigan State Capitol grounds and those are just some of the activities where kids can learn all about Michigan outdoors and get healthier at the same time.

“This is all about encouraging kids to get outdoors and play,” said Ray Rustem of the Michigan DNR. “What we’re seeing is kids are spending a lot less time outdoors these days. Kids are happier, healthier and smarter when they play outdoors. Get them outside because they are going to be healthier and burn off that energy rather than sitting inside all summer.”

This is the fifth year for “Come Out and Play” at the Capitol which is in late June as a celebration for “No Child Left Inside”.

July is National Parks Recreation Month and the free event “Get Out and Play” is for kids to enjoy Michigan and create exercising techniques that will make their lives healthier.

With more than a dozen activities and more than a thousand kids on the grounds today you can tell by a smiles on their faces that they’ll be playing outside all summer long.

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