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Brian Gifford added a discussion to the group WNC Engaging Kids Outdoors
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Western North Carolina Youth Congress

Western NC Youth Congress: I got the info you mailed. Interesting.... some questions:Where does the money come from? If the attendees are charged individually, how do they afford it? School districts pay?How will prospective attendees be recruited?Will presenters/facilitators donate their time? Will their expenses be covered?Have you contacted any state agencies or organizations about this? Which ones? What's the response been like?See More
Nov 7, 2009
Brian Gifford replied to Brian Gifford's discussion The role of physical activity in Nature programs in the group WNC Engaging Kids Outdoors
"Quite true. The short article doesn't cover the details of the research/studies. It makes me ask the question: If a lack of outdoor physical activity isn't one of the major causes of the increase in obesity and diabetes in children, then…"
Nov 6, 2009
Matthew H. E. M. Browning replied to Brian Gifford's discussion The role of physical activity in Nature programs in the group WNC Engaging Kids Outdoors
"Very interesting. These studies, with evidence that undermines some of our enthusiasm to combat NDD, is perhaps MORE important to analyze and discuss than the growing number of studies that support our premises. Thank you for sharing Brian. I am…"
Nov 4, 2009
Brian Gifford commented on Matthew H. E. M. Browning's group WNC Engaging Kids Outdoors
"Western NC Youth Congress: I got the info you mailed. Interesting.... some questions: Where does the money come from? If the attendees are charged individually, how do they afford it? School districts pay? How will prospective attendees be…"
Nov 4, 2009
Brian Gifford added a discussion to the group WNC Engaging Kids Outdoors
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The role of physical activity in Nature programs

According to a recent study http://www.jhsph.edu/publichealthnews/press_releases/2009/wang_physical_activity , There is not a direct link between increasing obesity rates and obesity among children. Of course more physical activity can't hurt today's kids, but using obesity as an argument to get kids to go outside might not be legitimate. Thoughts?November 2, 2009Decrease in Physical Activity May Not…See More
Nov 4, 2009
Brian Gifford joined Laura Hurley's group
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Appalachian Mountain Club

The AMC is the oldest outdoor recreation and conservation organization in the U.S. We are committed to reducing the barriers to active outdoor participation by youth and expanding the opportunities for environmental education.See More
Nov 1, 2009
Brian Gifford commented on Matthew H. E. M. Browning's group WNC Engaging Kids Outdoors
"Yes, I'm the camp director for MountainCamp and I do environmental programs, here. Thanks for the heads-up on the Google group."
Oct 31, 2009
Brian Gifford commented on Matthew H. E. M. Browning's group WNC Engaging Kids Outdoors
"Matt, Yes, I'd be interested in working with you on this project. I'm also connected with a local non-profit environmental organization, the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance, that has been attempting to address NDD and would likely…"
Oct 30, 2009
Brian Gifford commented on Matthew H. E. M. Browning's group WNC Engaging Kids Outdoors
"Matt, Thank you for starting this group. Unfortunately, there seems to only be two of us that are members of this group who are in Western North Carolina. I'm certain this is a symptom of the realities of our region: WNC is sparsely populated…"
Oct 29, 2009
Brian Gifford joined Matthew H. E. M. Browning's group
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WNC Engaging Kids Outdoors

Join a national effort to connect all children - independent of race, age, econ-socio background, religion, and political affiliation - to the natural world and help make our WNC children more healthy, happy, and smart!
Oct 28, 2009
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Oct 28, 2009

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Youth and Environmental Programs Manager
Organization
The Mountain Retreat and Learning center
Bio
2000 B.S. in Watershed Management from Penn State
2000-2001 New Mexico P.I.R.G. Water Associate
2001-2004 County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania Project Manager then Government Relations Specialist
2004-2008 Nature's Classroom Institute of Wisconsin Teacher then Environmental Education Director
2008-current The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center Youth and Environmental Programs Manager
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http://www.mountaincenters.org

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