The Outdoor Industry Foundation (OIF) announced the 2006 Outdoor Recreation Participation Study indicated that, "That Americans' participation in active outdoor recreation remains strong; in fact 72 percent of Americans, age 16 and above, participated in some form of active outdoor recreation last year.
Still need an excuse to go outside and play?
People who recreate outdoors on a regular basis, or for whom outdoor recreation was important while growing up, are more likely than all others to be completely satisfied with their lives, according to a new Recreation Roundtable/Roper Starch Worldwide survey.
Those who recreate most often are most likely to be completely satisfied with their choice of careers, friends and their perceived success in life. Can you think of any better reason to get children involved in the outdoors?
However, the "Outdoor Recreation in America" report suggests that the connection between recreation and family may be at risk. Comparisons with a 1986 study show that the proportion of the public who say recreation was very important while growing up is down 7 points to 25 percent.
The report says that "the single most consistent predictor of outdoor recreation attitudes, participation and satisfaction is the value placed on recreation while growing up. A family that heavily emphasizes and participates in outdoor recreation raises children who turn into recreation supporters, participators and enthusiasts as adults."
According to the survey, one in three Americans took an outdoor recreation vacation last year. Water destinations such as oceans, lakes and rivers, attracted 40 percent of the vacationing public.
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