HOBART | The Hobart Family YMCA, 601 W. 40th Place, is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday with a free community event to get more families moving, learning and living healthier.
Healthy Kids Day, a national initiative of the Y, takes place at 1,900 Ys and features fun, educational activities such swimming, water games, obstacle course, challenging games, family-walk, free-throw challenge, jump-house, glow germ, photo kid’s ID, face painting, kid’s tattoos, health screenings, giveaways, door prizes healthy snacks and much more!
YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is supported by Strack & Van Til Mega Mart, Pepsi Cola General Bottlers, Hobart Kiwanis Club, and Chick-fil-A. "The Hobart Family YMCA is proud to host representatives the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, Miller’s Merry Manor, North Shore Health Center, St. Mary Medical Center, MDWise, Accurate Hearing Aid Services, Lewyckyj-Taglia-Felton Eye Clinic, East Wind Acupuncture, Ridgewood Dental, Children’s Dental Clinic, Accord Chiropractic, Broadway Plaza Pain Relief Center, Walgreens and Brickyard Pediatrics, who will be conducting health screenings, taking blood pressure readings, hearing exams, eye tests, chiropractic screens and spinal massages," said Sharon Tarry, senior program director at the Hobart Family YMCA.
“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,” Tarry said. “But it’s 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.”
During summer, many children lose exposure to out-of-school activities that keep their minds and bodies active, leaving them at risk of falling behind academically and gaining weight twice as fast as they would during the school year.
Following are several ideas for activities families can begin now and continue throughout summer to stay healthy.
- Check with the Y or the local parks department for opportunities with day or resident camp, swimming, arts and crafts, or sports.
- Start a book series and read together each night as a family to keep the brain buzzing and young minds active.
- Drink water. Have fun with flavor, give it some pizzazz with a slice of lemon, lime, orange or cucumber.
- Take a walking 'staycation.' Map out a new neighborhood or hiking trail in your area and get your family to explore on foot.
- Next time you hear "I'm bored," give your kids a jump rope to have fun and keep moving. They can go solo, or get others in on the fun.
- Start a "Words I Want to Know" notebook for the family. When there is an unfamiliar word, write it down, look it up, and add it to the family's vocabulary. Keep track of these on the refrigerator.
For more information, call (219) 942-2183 or visit www.hobartymca.org.