Come Alive Outside is a reminder of what works. It is a reminder of what makes our lives healthy and our memories special. Over the past two years, these three words have inspired individuals, families, business and communities across North America to take action. With every action, the momentum grows. There are so many ways that we can get back outside, from the local bike trail to our own backyards.

For all of the benefits that a half‐century of technological breakthroughs have brought, something has been lost. And, what we’ve gained seems to have settled right around our waists. 70 percent of adults are overweight or obese. With rates of diabetes soaring, today’s children may have shorter life expectancies than their parents for the first time in over two centuries. Our lives are a getting more stressful by the day. Never have we had so many time saving devices and so little time to use them. How many times a week do you get to sit down at the dinner table with your whole family? When is the last time you made it a priority to sit and relax in your backyard for a while?

Children are automatically more active when they are outdoors, and spending time in outdoor spaces has the ability to melt away mental fatigue and stress like nothing else. The great outdoors is also a perfect place to create and enjoy a sense of community with friends, neighbors and coworkers. The reasons for coming alive outside are many, and the benefits start the moment that people step out the door.

The Come Alive Outside Movement was founded in 2010 in response to the sedentary, indoor lifestyle that is contributing to a multitude of adverse effects in our society. The movement appeals to individuals, families, businesses and communities to start finding ways to encourage one another back into the great outdoors. Business professionals across North America have taken up the call and started working with their communities to organize events and create outdoor spaces that remind people of the joys of outdoor living.

To find out more about Come Alive Outside, visit www.comealiveoutsidepocono.com