Thursday, April 24, 2014
On Saturday, April 26, the Summerville Family YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active.
YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and wellbeing, features games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.
The event takes place at The Ponds from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and features fun, active play and educational activities, such as hiking, obstacle courses, nutrition classes, and bicycle safety and Summerville Police K9 education lectures.
“One in three U.S. children is obese. This statistic, coupled with the fact that once summer hits, children will be more idle, demonstrates why it’s important to help families develop healthy habits now,” said Kim Taylor, Chief Operations Officer, Summerville Family YMCA. “As part of the Y’s commitment to healthy living, through YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day our goal is to improve the health and well-being of kids and inspire habits they can continue into adulthood.”
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 Onging Passion for Books – Read with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of development.
• Team Up for Athletic Events – Set a family goal of great health by teaming up for 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.
• 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.
The event is supported by Boeing, Summerville Medical Center, Wells Fargo, ADC Engineering Specialsts, BB&T, and also supported by national media partners Sprout and Lazy Town, who are committed to encouraging kids to lead a healthy lifestyle.
For more information, contact the YMCA at 871-922 or visit summervilleymca.org.