Did you know that July is National Park and Recreation month? This year’s theme is “Get Wild” and I have to say, that’s not too hard with my two boys! My family loves visiting our local parks and it’s a great way for the boys to have fun and get lots of exercise at the same time. This year’s theme of “Get Wild” encourages families to play outisde and enjoy all the amazing and wonderful benefits that local parks have to offer.
We use parks on a daily basis. Truly. I take the kids to the park while I walk around, soccer and baseball take place at parks, swimming classes take place at the Recreation Center, and parks are the perfect location for photo shoots! I can’t imagine our lives without parks! My boys require activity – lots of activity! This is how I get them to sleep soundly at night :)
- Park and recreation agencies are the second largest public feeder of children, behind schools; park and recreation agencies serve approximately 560,000,000 meals to children through summer and after-school programs each year.
- Children that have easy access to a playground (less than 2/3 of a mile from their home) are approximately five times more likely to have a healthy weight than children that do not have easy access to playgrounds.
- It is estimated that U.S. urban park trees alone remove 75,000 tons of air pollutants annually. This translates into an economic benefit of $500 million each year.
Disclosure: 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.