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City of Santa Monica Demonstrates How Going OUT is IN at Community Parks and Recreation this July

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Media Contact: Julie Rusk

City of Santa Monica, Community and Cultural Services

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Month-long celebration highlights value of parks and recreation for local communities

Santa Monica, CA, July 8, 2014 If you’re feeling cramped and like you don’t get to spend enough time outside, you’re not the only one. According to a new study, nearly 30% of adults in the US do not spend time outside on a daily basis.  Furthermore, of those who do, almost half spend less than 30 minutes outside.  To counter this alarming trend, the City of Santa Monica is teaming up with the National Recreation & Park Association to challenge everyone to get out and enjoy our community’s award winning parks during National Park and Recreation Month. 

This year’s theme, “OUT is IN,” encourages individuals, families, friends and coworkers to do something outside every day that they would normally do inside. “There’s no time like the present to take a break and get outside.  That’s why we’re teaming up with other communities to say ‘Out is In’ this July,” said Chair of the Recreation and Parks Commission Phil Brock.

There are small ways to make getting more outside time part of your daily routine.  Whether it is lunch in the park; a run outdoors instead of on the treadmill; or holding a meeting outside, start by taking something you would normally do inside out to one of Santa Monica’s 27 parks or the beach.  Encourage others to take it outside by posting your photos to Twitter of Instagram with #JulyOUTisIN as part of the Park and Recreation Month Out is In Social media challenge. 

To find your nearest park or recreation facility, visit the City of Santa Monica’s website at www.smgov.net/departments/CCS. 

The National Park & Recreation Society is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people.  For more information please visit www.nrpa.org. 

 

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