First lady honors parkway efforts

Here’s an excerpt from the Asheville Citizen-Times article:

What started as a seedling of an idea on the Blue Ridge Parkway — to extricate children from TV and video screens, get them moving and connected to the woods — has mushroomed into an honor from the White House.

Last week, first lady Michelle Obama and the White House honored Carolyn Ward, executive director of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, as one of 13 leaders recognized as “Let’s Move! and Physical Activity Champions of Change” for their work to inspire and empower America’s youth to lead active, healthy lifestyles.

Ward was chosen for her work in developing the Kids in Parks program, which began in 2008 at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center in Asheville, with self-guided, brochure-led hiking trails, called TRACK Trails, designed to connect children to the outdoors, address health problems associated with physical inactivity and nurture the next generation of public land stewards.

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