Saturday, April 26th 2014
Springfield YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® on April 26
Aims to Help Kids Exercise Minds and Bodies
On Saturday, April 26, the Springfield Y is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. The Y’s Healthy Kids Day®, a national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, will be held at our Gus and Flora Kersotes facility from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The free community event features family games, an obstacle course, family fitness classes, health screenings, Y youth program demonstrations, healthy snacks and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home. There will also be a family fun run beginning at 10:30 a.m. There is a fee for the fun run of $35/family, $15/individual and $10/youth.
YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at nearly 1,600 Ys across the country, aims to get more kids moving and learning, so they can keep up the habit all summer long – a critical out-of-school time for kids’ health.
“One in three U.S. children is obese. This statistic, coupled with the fact that once summer hits, children will be more idle, demonstrates why it’s important to help families develop healthy habits now,” said Y CEO Angie Sowle. “As part of the Y’s commitment to healthy living, our goal is to improve the health and well-being of kids and inspire habits they can continue into adulthood.”
In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:
High Five the Fruits and Veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development.
Foster an Early and Onging Passion for Books – Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.
Team Up for Athletic Events – Set a family goal of great health by teaming up for community or charity events like races, walks, fun runs. Bike rides, etc.
Volunteer Together – Find a cause that matters to the kids. Open their eyes to a world beyond themselves and the rich rewards that come from making a difference.
Lead By Example – Be a good role model – kids can be influenced by seeing how hard their parents work at home or on the job, and how rewarding that experience is.
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.