July Is National Picnic Month
National Picnic Month
As we move into the warmest days of summer, it is no surprise that July is National Picnic Month! Picnics can be a great way to spend time outdoors with the family, but there are many more hidden benefits to this summer tradition. Packing up a meal for the family to enjoy together outdoors allows for family bonding and opens up communication. Since most picnics take place in calm, relaxing environments, family members are more likely to make small talk with each other and share details about their day. Hosting a picnic at a park or beach can also encourage everyone to get up and move once the meal is over! Bringing horseshoes or a soccer ball to kick around after your picnic can help prevent summer boredom and get the whole family working together as a team.
Physical activity is just one of the many benefits of having a picnic this summer. Having a meal outside in the beautiful weather is a quick mood booster, and the Vitamin D from the sun helps the body to absorb calcium for strong bones and teeth. Packing your own meal can encourage healthier eating habits, and is usually more cost effective than going out to eat. Before you make restaurant reservations this summer, think about packing up a meal and having a picnic with the whole family instead!