Come Out & Walk, Garden & Play! May 8 at Franklin Park Conservatory

April 21, 2010

Children ages 8-18 spend an average of more than seven hours a day, outside of school, watching television, playing video games and using the computer. In a typical week, only 6 percent of children ages 9-13 actually play outside on their own. This shift from outdoor activity to indoor sedentary lifestyles is partly responsible for the increases in obesity, diabetes, hypertension and vitamin D deficiency in children.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital encourages overall family health and wellness through a variety of avenues and resources. Doctors suggest that one of the most important, yet simple ways is through active, outdoor play. Enjoying the great outdoors as a family and moving beyond those sedentary lifestyles, promotes healthy, happy families.

To kick off the spring/summer months and emphasize the importance of outdoor play, Nationwide Children’s invites the community to “Come Out & Walk, Garden & Play!” Saturday, May 8 on the grounds of Franklin Park Conservatory. This free back-to-basics spring wellness event begins at 9 a.m. with a community rally and “Walk with a Doc” – a one-mile walk in the park that gives kids and their families an opportunity to explore the outdoor campus of the Conservatory alongside more than 100 doctors from Nationwide Children’s and central Ohio community health organizations.

A gardening workshop in the new ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus will follow at 10 a.m., as well as play areas located throughout offering tips on how parents can get their kids away from video games and outside this summer. There will also be open fire cooking demonstrations, yoga in the serenity garden, composting and planting demonstrations, free giveaways and more.

With admission to Franklin Park Conservatory, additional activities will follow “Come Out & Walk, Garden & Play!” until 5 p.m. The festivities feature the annual Mother’s Day plant sale, Blooms and Butterflies and a children’s concert performed by Pro Musica Orchestra.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at