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National Parks & Recreation Month

The month of July for me means that it’s time to head out into the sunshine as often as possible. Perfect beach weather, perfect hiking weather and perfect BBQ weather – it really is just perfect all around.



Perhaps there are a few not so perfect days thrown in there, but overall I’d say July is pretty great. In addition to the fact that July typically brings prime weather conditions to be outside, it is also the month the National Recreation and Park Association celebrates the great outdoors.

“Since1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. In 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives officially mandated July as “Park and Recreation Month” in response to the efforts of NRPA’s Public Policy Office. Parks are a vital component to the recreational habits of Americans, which, in turn, are key elements to health and wellness. This year’s “Rock Your Park” campaign is focused on raising awareness of this issue and getting people engaged in visiting, supporting and preserving this critical resource.” – http://www.nrpa.org/

Appreciating the spectacular parks we have in the U.S. is not only vital in order to keep them preserved, but an important factor in keeping us active. It’s no secret that some people have the tendency to sit in front of a TV instead of taking a trip down the road to go sit in a park, and the National Recreation and Park Association is making moves to end that. This year they are holding a competition for the best flash mob performance held at a park! They are also encouraging everyone to get to their local park or recreation facility during each of the five weekends in July.

Have you ever seen a flash mob? If you haven’t, watch this one. I don’t think I would be able to contain myself if I ever saw one in person – I think they are hilarious! But back to the parks… what an awesome community building idea to promote!

Get out there and take advantage of our beautiful park system – this month and every month that you can. Support the people who work to keep these precious places alive, and encourage your friends and family to do the same!

Where is your favorite outdoor place to go? How often to do you take advantage of it? Do you bring a healthy snack along with you? I challenge you all to write down every trip you make to a public park, and how many hours you sit and watch TV over the next two months. The ratio may blow you away…


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