Media Advisory: Nationwide Childrens Hospital Hosts Come Out & Walk, Garden & Play! Saturday at Franklin Park Conservatory Community Garden

May 7, 2010



Nationwide Children’s Hospital Hosts “Come Out & Walk, Garden & Play!” Saturday at Franklin Park Conservatory Community Garden


Saturday, May 8, 2010
9:45 a.m. – best media/photo opportunity
*event runs until 11 a.m.


Franklin Park Conservatory
ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus
1777 East Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43203

In a typical week, only 6 percent of children ages 9-13 actually play outside on their own. Instead, these kids are spending an average of more than seven hours a day watching television, playing video games and using the computer. 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.

To kick off the spring/summer months and emphasize the importance of outdoor play, Nationwide Children’s Hospital will host “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 “Walk with a Doc” – a one-mile walk in the park allowing kids and their families the 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, hosted by the Conservatory, feature their annual Mother’s Day plant sale, Blooms and Butterflies and a children’s concert performed by Pro Musica Orchestra.



Mary Ellen Peacock
Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Media Relations
(614) 355-0495
Cell: (614) 937-7316


Dr. Wendy Anderson, MD – also spokesperson for NCH at event
Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ambulatory Pediatrics
Cell: (614) 668-1913

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020-21 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 1.6 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