YMCA to host Healthy Kids Day


From Staff Reports

Friday, April 26, 2019

The Harrison Family YMCA is sponsoring a free community event to inspire kids to keep their minds and bodies active at

The annual Healthy Kids Day, the YMCA’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and will feature fun, active play and educational activities.

Sponsored by the Howard Johnson by Wyndham hotel brand, Healthy Kids Day is an opportunity to ignite children’s imaginations so that they can imagine what they’ll accomplish this summer. The day-long event features activities such as games, arts and crafts, face painting, family exercise, raffles and giveaways and much more to motivate and teach families how to develop and maintain healthy routines at home throughout the summer months.

“When a child is healthy, happy and supported they can make great things happen,” says Jacquelyn Price, CEO of the Harrison Family YMCA. “We believe in the potential of all children, and we strive to help kids find that potential within themselves. A child’s development is never on vacation and Healthy Kids Day is a great opportunity to educate families and motivate kids to stay active in spirit, mind and body throughout the summer.”

In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the YMCA offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits this summer that can have a lifetime effect:

■ Eat more fruits and vegetables: Make sure kids get at least five servings of fruits and veggies each day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend for healthy childhood development.

■ Read together: The summer is a great time to enjoy books with summer program participants — and 30 minutes a day goes a long way.

■ Get moving: Activities that require movement also help kids flex their mental muscle.

■ Play together: Play may be the best way to prevent childhood obesity. 

■ 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. 

For more information, contact Ashley Cooper, Communications and Outreach Coordinator at 252-972-9622, ext. 224, or visit https://www.harrisonfamilyy.org/events/healthy-kids-day.