Healthy Kids Day 2017

Summer is just around the corner and with it children’s break from the routine—mornings spent sleeping in, afternoons spent watching television or playing video games in the cool air conditioning and evenings enjoying a nice ice cream cone before bed. It may sound great, but a summer spent like this can have lasting negative effects.

Kids are less physically active and engaged in learning during the summer months and research shows that children gain weight two to three times faster than during the school year. In addition to that, kids can fall behind academically because they don’t have access to out-of-school learning opportunities.

With this in mind, on Sat., April 29, the YMCA is hosting Healthy Kids Day from 10AM-1PM at the Kroehler and Fry Centers. This is an annual, national YMCA initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids and families. With more than 1.2 million participants each year, Healthy Kids Day is a reminder not to let children idle away their summer days; but instead, focus on physical and mental play. At the Y we believe when a child is healthy, happy, motivated and excited, super things are bound to happen. At this year’s event, which is open to the community, we encourage all kids to dress up like their favorite super hero. All kids also will receive their own super hero cape!

In addition to the super hero fun, other activities include family fitness classes, healthy living and recipe sharing, bounce houses, giveaways, visits from the police and fire departments and even a story reading from our very own Mayor Chirico!

At the Y, we believe charged up kids really do achieve amazing things, and there are no days off for a child’s developing mind and body. Through the Y’s presence and reach with children during summer months, Healthy Kids Day is a great opportunity for kids and families to stay active physically and intellectually over the summer.

All kids deserve the best summer ever! For more information, visit

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