Get ready, get set, go!

It's been a long winter, eh? Ready to get the kids out and about again? We know. And we've got ideas. We've got trails, we've got shoes, we've got a super list of Western North Carolina summer camps — camps we bet are some of the best anywhere.

These days, it's not just adults who are getting larger. Thanks to our digital society and living life with longer hours spent in front of a screen, even the kids are gaining weight. In our opening story, Anne Fitten Glenn looks at what local schools are doing to address the problem. We've got some great active ideas from writer (and mom) Tracy Rose, and a whole host of area family-friendly hikes put together by Sherri McLendon, who consulted with some area trail experts.

Melanie McGee Bianchi catalogs the latest in kids' hiking and walking shoes, and then there's the area camp guide, which gets longer every year — more options for area parents and kids! If your camp didn't make it, please let us know by posting info on

Now get out there and get active!


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