Keeping kids’ minds and bodies active at the Waldo County YMCA

Apr 14, 2014

For more than 20 years, Healthy Kids Day has celebrated kids’ health and continues to teach healthy habits for kids and families, encourage active play, and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity.

Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families, featuring fun active play and educational activities to help kids be healthy and reach their full potential.

To kick-start physical activity and learning now and throughout the summer — a critical out-of-school time for kids — on Saturday, April 26, the Waldo County YMCA is celebrating Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event for kids and families. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being.

“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 Pam Ellis, childcare director of the Waldo County YMCA. “We know that during summer, research shows that kids are more likely to gain weight and fall behind academically than during the school year. Healthy 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.”

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 ongoing 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 and bike rides.

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.

Healthy Kids Day is Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Waldo County YMCA, 157 Lincolnville Ave., Belfast. This is a free family event.

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