Healthy Kids Day offers ways to keep minds and bodies active

2014-03-10T00:00:00Z Healthy Kids Day offers ways to keep minds and bodies activeTimes Staff nwitimes.com
March 10, 2014 12:00 am  • 

HOBART | To kick-start physical activity and learning now and throughout the summer – a critical out-of-school time for children – the Hobart Family YMCA, 601 W. 40th Place, is celebrating Healthy Kids Day from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday with a free community event for youngsters and families.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, features games, healthy refreshments, swimming (bring swimsuit and towel), fitness demonstrations, an obstacle course, jump house, Spin for Health, Germ Glow and information to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home. Several kid-friendly costumed characters and door prize drawings will add to the fun.

“At YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, we are focusing on health and education to ensure fewer children are at an increased risk for childhood obesity and more children succeed in school,” said Senior Program Director Sharon Tarry.

“We know that during summer, research shows that kids are more likely to gain weight and fall behind academically than during the school year. Health Kids Day is not just a single day of fun, active play and learning – it's a kick-off to helping parents get a jump on creating a healthier summer.”

Contact Hobart Family YMCA at (219) 942-2183 or visit www.hobartymca.org.

In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:

  • High Five Fruits and Veggies – Make sure children get at least five servings a day to maintain healthy childhood development.
  • Foster an Early and Ongoing Passion for Books – Read to and with children at every age and every stage of their development.
  • Team Up for Athletic Events – Set a family goal 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 children and open their eyes to the rich rewards that come from making a difference.
  • Lead By Example – Be a good role model at home and on the job, so children see how rewarding that experience is.

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