#OptOutside with BSF This Black Friday… and Win!

Photo: Blue Star Families

Thanksgiving leaves you feeling full (and honestly, kind of gross) after a day of turkey, stuffing, all the trimmings, and pie. (Lots of pie!)

Solution: Get moving outside instead of heading to the mall! Take the dog for a walk. Enjoy a hike. Pump up the bike tires and explore your neighborhood. You’ll immediately feel better physically and mentally.

And, by the way, you can also win a gift card by having a great time outside with your family!

Here’s how to win

Whether you’re enjoying your backyard, a park nearby, or a National Park, take a second to snap a selfie and post that picture on your social media (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter) with #BSFOptOutside and #OptOutside. We’ll select five folks randomly for a $5 Starbucks gift card.

Why are we doing this?

#OptOutside is an iniative created by REI in response to the commercialism of Black Friday. In their words: “Because we think spending time outdoors is more important. So we pay our employees to #OptOutside, and invite the world to join. But this year, it’s bigger than just one day. It’s about our routines—the ones we need and the ones we need to rethink.”

At Blue Star Families, we know that spending time with your family (and sometimes, just by yourself) is a way that military families are able to disconnect from military life and reconnect with each other and themselves. That’s why we champion our programs like Blue Star Museums and Blue Star Parks–we know how vital being outside is! Join us this Black Friday as we #OptOutside.

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Joanna Guldin