The Harrison Family YMCA is celebrating Healthy Kids Day on April 26 with a free event for kids and families that are members or program participants at the Y.
The event aims to kick-start physical activity and learning now and throughout the summer – a critical out-of-school time for kids. Healthy Kids Day, the YMCA’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, features healthy and fun activities to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.
The Harrison Family YMCA and Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools are working together to help bring families and kids together through healthy initiatives. Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools will also participate with its Get Fit 4 Life Day, which is an invitation-only event through the school system.
“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 Jacquelyn Price, chief executive officer of the Harrison Family 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 Healthy Kids Day, the YMCA 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 to and with 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.
- 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 Harrison Family YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day event takes place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 1000 Independence Drive. For more information, call 252-972-9622 or visit www.harrisonfamilyY.org.