WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Festival Aims To Get Kids Outdoors

Play associated audio

The average American kid spends seven and a half hours a day watching either TV, playing video games or staring at a computer. And they're only outdoors for about a half hour, according to Derrick Crandall, president of the American Recreation Coalition. He says that's a major problem.

"That's a big part of the reason why we have an obesity crisis that now threatens, as the first lady has reminded us, it threatens the life of American kids. We may have a generation of Americans who live shorter lives," Crandall says.

To promote healthy living, the coalition and other local sponsors are holding an outdoor festival Saturday at Kingman Island on the Anacostia River. Canoeing, mountain biking, rock climbing and many other activities will be open to the public. The event will also offer live Bluegrass and folk music performances.

NPR

First-Time Nominations Reveal The Changing Face Of The Emmys

Cuba Gooding Jr., Rami Malek and Constance Zimmer all have one thing in common: this year is the first time each has been nominated for an Emmy. Their nominations hint at deeper changes in television.
NPR

Friendly, Delicious Rivalry Surrounding Jollof Rice

West Africa's signature dish is jollof, a rice entree to which many countries in the region lay claim. NPR's Ofeibea Quist Arcton explains the culinary wars.
NPR

Since 2012, The Economy Has Changed — And So Has The Conversation

Since the last presidential election, a growing economy has sent the unemployment rate plunging. That improvement has changed the political conversation, but it hasn't stopped worries about wages.
NPR

A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.