Enjoying The Big Picnic on 9/22 #bigpicnic

On September 22, ChopChop (and partners) will be hosting The Big Picnic across the nation. They’ve asked my family to join in, and I am extending the invitation to you, too!

Disclosure: I’m sharing this post as part of a program with The Mission List. I received a ChopChop cookbook  and magazine subscription for culinary inspiration; all opinions, as always, are 100% my own.

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What is The Big Picnic? ChopChop is encouraging families to participate in a one-of-a-kind picnic, virtually. They are asking for families to participate by sharing photos of their families enjoying a picnic together and to spread the joy of healthy cooking. The Big Picnic is in recognition of September’s National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month – an awareness month that is near and dear to my heart. (As an adult who has been winning the battle against obesity for the last two years, I am committed to ensuring my kids will have the resources to live the healthiest lives they can.)

How can you join us for The Big Picnic? My family will be enjoying a home-cooked meal, picnic-style. We’ll probably give Chicken Salad Sandwiches, devied eggs, Purple Cabbage Slaw, and Banana Bread from the ChopChop Cookbook a try. Is your mouth watering? Great, that was the plan. Now that you’re convinced, all you have to do is take your family for a picnic on Sunday, September 22 and share photos and videos of your cooking or picnic (using #bigpicnic). The goal is  to help spread the joy of cooking and share our hope for healthy kids everywhere. You can invite others to join you, too!

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Why should I participate in The Big Picnic? Here’s the facts – ChopChop is on a mission to get kids interested in eating real food, and to do so with their families. My kids LOVE to do this – they are very interested in helping in the kitchen and garden. They are working to reverse the current trend of obesity (1 in 3 U.S. kids are obese) and diabetes (1 in 400 U.S. kids have diabetes) by making it easy for us parents to provide healthy meals. They encourage fresh, nutritious ingredients (and the cookbook is chock full of kid-friendly foods – they aren’t about scaring us from foods). To spread their mission, they need our help as parents, bloggers, and social media mavens. We’re the best role models are kids can have, right?

What’s in it for me? You’re spreading the word about being healthy! In all seriousness, that’s the #1 reward. But, The Big Picnic and ChopChop will be handing out prizes on September 22, including subscriptions to ChopChop magazine, copies of the ChopChop cookbook, and other prizes. It’s easy to enter, just join the conversation via #bigpicnic. (Additionally, I have a giveaway, below!)

Before the fun begins on September 22 (look for my photo shares!), ChopChop has generously provided me with a copy of the ChopChop cookbook +a one-year ChopChop Magazine subscription for one lucky reader. The winner will be announced on Monday, September 23.

The Rules: 

  • Entry via comment – two options!
  1. Leave a comment on this post – will you be joining us for The Big Picnic? What do you plan to cook with your kids?
  2. Share this post on your favorite social media (Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Google+) and leave me the URL (you can do this once per media per day) Hint — use those buttons below to help you out or this message: “I am joining @lilburghers and @chopchopmag for #bigpicnic on 9/22. Join us? https://lilburghers.com/big-picnic/”.
  • Winner must be 18+, US Resident and respond to my “YOU WON!” email within 48 hours of sent notice.
  • Contest entries must be complete by Sunday, September 22 at 11:59 PM.



Some facts about ChopChop: 

ChopChop is a non-profit and relies on the support of sponsors and subscribers. ChopChop Magazine is distributed quarterly via subscription and newsstand sales, as well as through pediatricians’ offices, hospitals, schools, public health departments, and youth groups. Each issue is available in English and Spanish. ChopChop supporters include the American Academy of Pediatrics, The White House’s “Let’s Move” campaign, the New Balance Foundation, Partnership for a Healthier America, and authors Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan, and Mollie Katzen. ChopChop was named 2013 Publication of the Year by the James Beard Foundation + winner of the 2013 Parents’ Choice Magazine Award (gold).