Nashville is one of 50 cities nationwide selected to participate in an effort to encourage young adults to play, learn, serve and work outdoors as part of first lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Outside initiative.
"We are really working hard during this centennial year to connect with the next generation of people who are going to support the outdoors and support the value of parks," National Park Service deputy director Peggy O'Dell told the Tennessean at Tuesday's news conference.
Mayor Megan Barry and the YMCA are working together locally to bring this idea to life, with new programs, events and other services. The goal is also to raise awareness of and increase the number of opportunities available for youth to get outside, play and volunteer.
Children involved in YMCA's Youth Community Action Project were also at Tuesday's event at the Hands on Nashville Urban Farm to help care for the farm's vegetables.
"We know that if you are active and engage, not only will you have a healthier lifestyle, you’re going to do better in school, and I know that’s important to all of you," Barry told the fifth-seventh graders.
O'Dell said Nashville was chosen for its abundance of parks and nonprofit organizations, and for city leaders who ...