On Saturday, May 2nd, the Washington County Family YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, features activities such as games, healthy cooking demonstrations, and other fun activities to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.
YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at nearly 1,300 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. When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles – or gaps – that prevent them from reaching their full potential, related to hunger, water safety, learning, safe spaces to play, and health. Each year, the Y helps over 9 million youth nationwide “hop the gap” and achieve more, providing a safe to place to learn, stay healthy and build friendships.
“The Y is so much more than just a gym, a place to play sports, or hang out. We support families in their efforts to instill healthy habits at home,” said Rob Gilchrist, CEO of the Washington County Family YMCA. “We know that it can sometimes feel like a challenge. So at Healthy Kids Day, we’ll encourage kids to stay physically and intellectually active all summer long, and give families tips and activities they can easily replicate at home. It’s free and open to the community.”
In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:
- Try, try, repeat – There are many great tasting fruits and vegetables that many kids have never heard of, let alone tried. Grab a new fruit or vegetable and encourage everyone in the family to try at least a bite.
- Play around town – Challenge the family to play on a different playground every week. Identify playgrounds at a variety of parks; expand definitions of playgrounds to include nature trails, a nearby stream, and a bike path.
- Families at play for an hour a day – From walking to gardening, or swimming to shooting hoops, make playful movement a part of your family’s day. To get 60 minutes of moderate activity throughout your day just add 10 minutes here and 15 minutes there.
- Foster a passion for reading – Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.
- Make sleep a priority – Doctors recommend 10-12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5-12 and 7-8 hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning, and other vital functions.
“We want to make sure that our youth know about all of the fun and constructive things to do here this summer,” said Rosie Morehous, Youth First Director at the Y. “From our awesome YMCA Summer Camp and 4-H, to the Piper Flight Museum and Salem Speedway, we will showcase many of the local activities and attractions for the community all while setting the stage for a safe and productive summer.”
The Washington County Family’s Healthy Kids Day takes place on the Y Campus (1709 N. Shelby Street, Salem, IN from 11:00 am-1:00 pm and features fun, active play and educational activities, such as a Hoola Hoop Contest, building a Healthy Plate with W.O.W., learning about healthy eating from Garden Table Market, testing out the AT&T Texting & Driving Simulator, and learning about summer safety from the Police and Fire Department. Attendees will also have the chance to check out the Piper Flight Museum’s Airplane Simulator, a Race Car from the Salem Speedway, and so much more!
YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is sponsored by Fox Purlee—Investment professional from Cetera Advisor Networks, W.O.W. Working On Wellness, Regions Bank, and Knapp Miller Brown Insurance. It is also supported nationally by Humana.
For more information, contact Ashley Hubbard at 812-883-YMCA (9622).