Healthy Kids Day is the Y's official start to the Best Summer Ever!
A child’s development is never on vacation and YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day serves as the summer kick-off event that helps kids stay healthy and achieving all summer long. During the week of April 24th-28th, the Community YMCA programs celebrated Healthy Kids Week! The Y knows that when a child is healthy, happy, motivated and excited, amazing things are bound to happen. Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to let children idle away their summer days but instead, focus on physical and mental play.
Healthy Kids week included programming that focused more on healthy eating and physical activities with everything from “planning your plate”, a healthy food scavenger hunt, healthy kids obstacle and a special visit from the Fidelis Care’s Fidelis-saurus. Each child also received Fidelis Care back pack & basketball!
“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” said Community YMCA Executive Director, Bonnie Fogarty. “Through our strong presence and reach with children during summer months, the Healthy Kids Day platform is a great opportunity to educate families and engage kids to stay physically and intellectually active over the summer.”
The Community YMCA knows all kids deserve the BEST SUMMER EVER. They run weekly summer programs June 26th-August 18th onsite at the Pequenakonck Elementary in North Salem. Summer days are filled with Arts & Crafts, Swimming, Learning Components, Music & Movement, Field Trips, Nature, Sports & Games, STEAM Activities, Team Building and more! Theme weeks include; Ocean life, Construction Kids, Summer Safari, Decades of Fun just to name a few. For more information or to register visit www.community.ymca-cnw.org or email the Director of School Age Programs, Kayla Hendrickson at firstname.lastname@example.org
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. And to keep kids’ taste buds evolving, have everyone in the family try at least one bite of a new fruit or vegetable at least once a month.
- 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, bike rides, etc.
- 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.
- 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.