Encouraging Everyone to Get Outdoors and Come Alive Outside!
Come Alive Outside is about bringing members of our community together! Strong relationships and communities are not built by sitting at home alone or playing video games. Get out, get active and make a difference. Remember, even the small stuff matters! Smile, wave and say good morning.
When you think back to your childhood, what do you remember? Is it that one Saturday when you sat in the living room and watched reruns all day, or is it something that happened outside? Maybe the first time you caught a fish? What about that time when you came home so muddy that your mom had to spray you off with the hose before she even let you into the garage? Remember that tree you used to sit under? How about that one snowman that didn’t melt for two whole months?
Come Alive Outside is a reminder of what works.
It is a reminder of what makes our lives healthy and our memories special. Over the past three years, these three words have inspired individuals, families, business, and communities across North America to take action to get back outdoors. The Come Alive Outside initiative was started by Jim Paluch in 2010, in response to the sedentary, indoor lifestyle that is contributing to a multitude of adverse effects in our society. Come Alive Outside is a non-profit organization with pending 501(c)(3) status.
Playing in Nature Makes Us Greener and More Creative!
Childhood play in nature is associated with recycling, buying green products, and the choice of nature areas for recreation in adulthood. Source: University of Colorado
Time Outdoors Prevents Obesity
Spending time outside prevents the development of obesity. Studies have shown children are more than twice as active when they are outside. Source: Harvard Medical School
Nature Relieves Stress
Children who have regular contact with nature have better concentration and self-discipline. Nature also helps children cope with stress. Source: White Hutchinson