July Is National Parks and Recreation Month - Time To Get Wild!
Studies have shown that parks help boost the economy and contribute to the value of surrounding residential properties. In addition, they help make the local community a safer place to raise a family. Which just makes them even better for sports, playground equipment or simply a great place to hang out and play!
This provides a great opportunity to not only make the most of the beautiful weather, but also to take a stand against the obesity epidemic and technology trends that consistently keep more kids indoors and living less active lifestyles.
It has always been my goal to have my kids love the outdoors and being active, so I continue to be excited when they would rather go jump on our trampoline, swing on our swings, slide down our slide or even just squirt each other with the hose instead of sitting with a video game.
Through fun initiatives and games, the National Recreation and Park Association continues to find creative, exciting ways to encourage families to play outside. One visit to the NRPA website will provide you with a wealth of information on how you can participate in this month's activities.
First, the calendar of local events provides details, locations and contact information for activities happening across the country. Second, the official toolkit includes the 2012 Official "Get Wild" Social Media Poster (which allows participants to upload photos to Twitter and Facebook of their adventures at their local park), a customizable calendar, various graphics, and info on the "Get Wild" Geocaching Contest.
Finally, visitors to the NRPA site have the opportunity to take the Get Wild pledge and commit to getting wild in their local park and rec areas this July. Whether that means activities, connecting with nature, hitting the hiking or biking trails, visiting the playground or more, it's a fun way to show your support for discovering new ways to have fun in your community... plus you'll receive a cute Facebook badge to display to show that you've taken the pledge!
How do your local parks inspire you? Find out more about how you can get involved and "Get Wild" with the National Recreation and Park Association on their website and on Facebook.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of National Recreation and Park Association and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.