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Delaware Officials Gather for Outdoors Summit

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - State officials gathered in Sussex County to tout the benefits of being in Delaware's great outdoors.

The fourth annual Sussex Outdoors Summit on Monday included a discussion of new, expanded uses of the Stockley Center, a state-operated facility for individuals with developmental disabilities on 750 acres of state land south of Georgetown.

Officials say a group called the Stockley Collaborative is working to carry out a strategic plan for the Stockley Center and its surrounding land that will benefit the health and wellness of all Delawareans while continuing to support and protect residents with disabilities.

Speakers at Monday's summit included Gov. Jack Markell, Health and Social Secretary Rita Landgraf, and state public health director Dr. Karyl Rattay.

According to John Hollis, the chair of the Stockley Collaborative, the main theme of the event is the "Pursuit of Happiness," and in this case, it is in regards to being healthy.

"We've become a sedentary society, on Delmarva we have so many opportunities to pursue happiness to increase physical activity, the theme I guess the underlying theme is its impossible to pursue happiness if you aren't healthy," he said. "Get outside and get active I guess captures most of it, get outside and get active, and I think what we've done today is seen almost countless opportunities we have to get outside."

Dr. Rattay delivered the statistics when it came to Delawarean's and obesity. She said Delaware is one of the five states that is still seeing an increase in overweight or obese people. Specifically she explained that 70% of Delaware's adults and 40% of children are overweight or obese.

"Our hope certainly is that summits like this help people to see, get some ideas of what is going on," she explained. "What are changes that can be made and think about how to spread those changes to other municipalities."

To learn more about the initiatives in place, head to Sussex Outdoors website.




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