June christened Great Outdoors Month

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President Obama and more than half of America's governors have officially designated June as Great Outdoors Month.

The proclamations were suggested by a coalition of recreation and conservation organizations, many of which coordinate special events held during June, including National Trails Day, National Fishing and Boating Week, National Get Outdoors Day and the Great American Backyard Campout.

"The United States is blessed with unparalleled natural beauty," Obama said in his proclamation. "From remote forests to urban parks, these spaces have inspired visitors for generations. Exploring the great outdoors can also help improve one's health. These spaces provide countless venues for walking, hiking, running, swimming and boating, among other activities."

"Americans can combine the enjoyment of being outside with the exercise we all need to stay healthy," he added.

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