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Dutch Fork, SC - 10/02/2014
Columbia, SC 29212

NWTF Gun Rack Scot Marcin - 10/03/2014
Edgefield, SC 29824

Little River, SC - 11/06/2014
Abbeville, SC 29620

Edgefield Local Chapter, SC - 11/20/2014
Edgefield, SC 29824

Piedmont, SC - 11/30/2014
Union, SC 29379

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Outdoor Fun Fights Childhood Obesity

In Arizona, a young man named Cody Rosania spent his teen years hunting wild turkeys and elk in the White Mountains. To the north, the influence of a family’s hunting traditions produced a Colorado sharpshooter named Victoria Scott. And on the east coast, South Carolina teen David Edson unearthed a passion for hunting and the outdoors despite his family’s hesitation toward the age-old tradition of tracking and harvesting wild game.

These young people are former members of the NWTF JAKES youth outreach programs. Dedicated to inform, educate and involve youth in outdoor activities, wildlife conservation and wise stewardship of our natural resources, JAKES is designed for youth ages 12 and younger. The NWTF’s newest program, Xtreme JAKES, was developed in 2005 for teens ages 13 to 17. “I have grown to love the outdoors — the smell of the woods, the quiet of the fields, the calls of the animals,” wrote Edson in an essay that once won him a $10,000 academic scholarship through JAKES/Xtreme JAKES. “Even with the absence of guns [in our house], we boys managed to improvise with our peanut butter sandwiches…nibbling them into perfect make-believe pistols.” “The NWTF’s youth outreach programs allow kids and teenagers to try new things by engaging them in all kinds of outdoor activities, sports and seminars,” said Mandy Harling, JAKES program manager. “This program brings together active youth with ‘get up and go’ attitudes who share an interest in something bigger than themselves – wildlife and conservation.” JAKES/Xtreme JAKES is an important step to bridge the gap between the outdoors and youth involvement. The group is also working to ensure the sustainability of conservation-minded citizens. In fact, research coordinated by Cornell University shows that youth who hunt, fish or play in the wild before age 11 are more likely to grow up with a deeper understanding and respect for nature. The book, “Last Child in the Woods,” written by Richard Louv expands on this concept and explores the effects of a changing culture where children are often disconnected from the natural world. “Dating back to Teddy Roosevelt, hunters have been the pillar of conservation in America, doing more than anyone to conserve wildlife and its habitat,” said former U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Gale Norton.

An estimated 17 percent of children (12.5 million) and adolescents ages 2 to 19 are overweight according to a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Parents and kids can take control of this epidemic by taking part in the outdoors. Check out calories burned for each outdoor activity, many featured at JAKES events held all across the country. To find an event near you, click here.

Outdoor Activities and Calories Burned

  • Canoeing (2 mph) — 255

  • Hunting — 285

  • Kayaking — 285

  • Hiking — 338

  • Backpacking — 398

  • Rock Climbing — 622

  • Archery — 195

  • Bicycling – Mountain — 480

Chores and Calories Burned

  • Ironing — 128

  • Raking lawn — 225

  • Mowing – push — 248

  • Mopping — 255

  • Gardening — 308

This is an estimate of the calories a person weighing 125 pounds will burn with an hour of activity. Generally, to maintain your weight, the amount of calories you take in should equal the amount you burn. To lose one U.S. pound, you must burn 3,500 more calories than you take in as food. — www.healthstatus.com

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