Many moms in Eugene, Oregon, are coming together with one goal in mind - setting a positive example for their children. NBC affiliate KMTR reports a new group called Moms on Skates recently formed on Facebook to try and encourage families to get outside and exercise.
The group was created by moms Ashley Blanchfill and Jen Kelley who started skating with their kids when they were still in strollers, the news source reports. The duo figured other stay-at-home parents might want to join in on the activity, as it connects parents on a social level while helping them stay healthy.
Thus far, two dozen women have joined the group, and the women are hoping the movement will inspire more mothers to get healthy for themselves and set the right example for their young children.
"When you look at us even as parents we're on our phones constantly and kids are always on their DS or whatever Gameboy-type play system they have or computers, so to teach kids that we go outside and we exercise and it can be fun is a huge thing," Blanchfill told the publication.
The National Wildlife Federation reports healthy kids
who spend ample time engaged in outdoor play
tend to test better in school and be less stressed or anxious than their peers who spend free time inside.