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Colorado kids’ bill of rights unveiled

Colorado Lt. Governor Barbara O'Brien, far right, is joined by kids that participate in Environmental Learning for Kids to announce the creation of a Colorado Kids' Outdoor Bill of Rights, Wednesday, July 15, 2009, in front of the west entrance to the Museum of Nature and Science in City Park. Judy DeHaas, The Denver Post

Colorado kids have a birthright to camp out under the stars, play in creeks and stand atop the state’s mighty mountains.

Those are few of the guarantees Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien listed today in a “Colorado Kids’ Outdoor Bill of Rights.”

O’Brien said the list was created to bring awareness to getting increasingly sedentary kids more active and to remind them of the state’s natural riches, which they must both respect and protect.

Appearing at a news conference at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, O’Brien, a Democrat, said children today spend half the time outdoors that children 20 years ago did. Meanwhile, obesity rates have doubled.

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