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Fighting Childhood Obesity with the Big Picnic

Big PicnicSeptember is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. On September 22nd ChopChop along with amazing partners such as the White House will host “The Big Picnic” a virtual community picnic in which families across the country will cook and eat together at their own picnics.

One of the reasons I love ChopChop is because they inspire and teach kids to cook and eat real food with their families. Did you know that 1 out of 400 children under 18 in the U.S. has diabetes and nearly 1 and 3 is obese? ChopChop doesn’t demonize particular foods or use scare tactics. They just offer simple, healthy and affordable recipes for children and parents to make together.

Cooking with children encourages creativity, an understanding of bad eating habits, responsibility and involvement. It’s never too early to start teaching your children the differences between healthy and non healthy foods. Teaching your child healthy nutrition habits will increase their awareness and they will form better eating habits that will go with them throughout their lives.

You may be asking yourself why having a picnic helps childhood obesity. Picnics are a great way to remind us that cooking and eating healthy food together is a lot of fun. Kids love to have picnics and helping make the foods. Picnics as well as family meals connects a family, food not only nourishes our bodies but our souls.

Plant a garden with kids

You too can help in the fight of childhood obesity by having a picnic with your family, even invite some friends. By joining the “Big Picnic” sharing your photos and videos using the hastag #bigpicnic you too can help spread the joy of cooking and share hope for healthy kids everywhere.

ChopChop will virtually hand out prizes on September 22nd including subscriptions to the magazine, copies of the ChopChip cookbook plus many other prizes – so join in the conversation now via #bigpicnic

Here are some fun recipe suggestions that you could use when planning your picnic.

Homemade Lemonade

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Apple Bread

Roasted Chicken and Vegetables with Quinoa

Herb and Salba Ricotta Spread

Yogurt with Homemade Granola

Cucumber Salad

Banana Sandwiches

What are some of your favorite foods to make with your children?

Disclosure - I’m sharing this post as part of a program with The Mission List. I received a ChopChop cookbook + magazine subscription for culinary inspiration; all opinions are my own

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