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Get Outdoors this weekend
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Did you know that more than 60 percent of all Georgians are overweight – a trend that starts at a young age?

As part of the Georgia State Parks "Get Outdoors" program, Fort McAllister is having a Get Outdoors, or GO day, on Saturday.

Fort McAllister Park Director Daniel Brown said this is the first time GO is being offered statewide.

"The goal is to get up, get out and get dirty!" Brown said. "All our programs on Saturday will be offered to the community for free and they all promote the outdoors."

The GO Georgia program is aimed at recreation that highlights the link between participation in outdoor recreation and improved health for people of all ages and abilities, decreased obesity and an emphasis on children’s early involvement in nature, to help establish life-long physical, mental and community benefits.

Everyone is invited to take part in the outdoor experience and enjoy a day of excitement and fun, Brown said.

Events start at 9:30 a.m., with a canoe trip down Redbird Creek. The canoes will be departing at 10 a.m. from the park and will return around noon. At 2 p.m., there will be a musket firing demonstration, followed by a hike of the Magnolia Nature Trail at 4 p.m. At 8 p.m., there will be a campfire held at the Savage Island Campground. Attendees are asked to bring their own chairs and the park will provide marshmallows for toasting.

For more information, call the park at 727-2339.

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