Families and adults alike are already putting their summer plans in place, and we hope the Y will play a big part for you! Registration for summer programs is already underway, but April brings one of our favorite days of the year – Healthy Kids Day, our summer kickoff event. Celebrated at over 1,500 Ys across the country by more than a million participants, Healthy Kids Day aims to motivate kids to get moving and learning and create habits they will continue all summer long.
If you have children in your household or wish to volunteer, make sure to mark Saturday, April 27, on your calendar. From 9 a.m. to noon, we will be celebrating Healthy Kids Day at the Y. The event features free family fitness classes, events, games, giveaways and discounts on summer programs like camp, swim and sports. Plus, we’ll have a one-day-only special membership offer and giveaways so please bring your friends and neighbors.
Free for the entire community, Healthy Kids Day serves as a reminder not to let children idle away their summer days. The event is designed to inspire kids to keep their minds and bodies active all summer long.
When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Research shows that without access to out-of-school learning activities, kids fall behind academically. They also gain weight twice as fast over the summer as during the school year.
In anticipation of Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits this summer that can have a lifetime impact:
- High Five the Fruits and Veggies—Make sure kids get at least five daily servings of fruits and veggies, the minimum number nutritionists recommend for 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.
- Read Together—Summer is a great time to read books for pleasure. Just 30 minutes a day goes a long way. Take trips to the local library or create a family reading challenge to see who can log the most minutes of reading. Encourage youth to create their own stories as well.
- Get Moving!—Activities that require movement also help kids flex their mental muscle. Use materials in unique ways: ask youth to build models, manipulate tools or develop their own theatrical scenes.
- Play Together—Play may be the best way to prevent childhood obesity. By putting more play into your family’s day, you will soon find yourself getting the activity that will have your family feeling energized and strong.
- Make sleep a priority—Doctors recommend 10 to 12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5 – 12. Adults should get 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining a healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory and learning.
These tips and the activities at Healthy Kids Day are reminders that a child’s development is never on vacation! Join us on April 27 to educate your family and motivate your kids to stay active in spirit, mind and body throughout the summer.
If you don’t have kids, come out and volunteer.
I hope to see you there!
P.S. Sending your child to overnight camp is a unique experience that can build lifelong memories, experiences and friendships for your children. For over 80 years, Camp Sky Y is another great way to keep your kids active, and engaged during the summer. Registration is now open for Camp Sky Y, with sessions every week from June 2 through July 27.