Proclamation highlights benefits of outdoor recreation

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius wants Kansans to get out and have some fun. To this end, Sebelius' recently proclaimed June "Great Outdoors Month." Her proclamation reads as follows:

“Whereas, Kansas state residents have a proud tradition of both safeguarding the environment and enjoying the outdoors; and

"Whereas, a clean and sustainable environment contributes to our quality of life; and

"Whereas, outdoor recreation promotes health, fitness, and environmental awareness; and

"Whereas, outdoor recreation is an ideal way to exercise and enjoy memorable experiences with family and friends; and

"Whereas, it is up to all of us to maintain and enhance our legacy of environmental stewardship and enjoyment of the great outdoors; and

"Whereas, it is our duty to leave a well-tended legacy to those who will follow us;

"Now, therefore, I, Kathleen Sebelius, Governor of the state of Kansas, do hereby proclaim June 14, 2008, as Get Outdoors Day and June 2008 as Great Outdoors Month in Kansas and urge all citizens to take the time to enjoy our state’s various state parks and outdoor activities, to share them with family and friends, and to make outdoor activities a regular part of their lives.”