On Saturday, April 25, the Woodruff Family YMCA, a Branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, will hold a free community event to inspire more children to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, features activities to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.
YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at nearly 1,300 Ys across the country, aims to get more kids moving and learning, so they can keep up the habit all summer long. When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles – or gaps – that prevent them from reaching their full potential, related to hunger, water safety, learning, safe spaces to play, and health, officials said. Each year, the Y helps over 9 million youth nationwide “hop the gap” and achieve more.
“The Y is so much more than sports, swimming, gymnastics and a place for kids to hang out. We support families in their efforts to instill healthy habits at home,” said Christian Engle, Senior Vice President & COO, Central Connecticut Coast YMCA. “We know that it can sometimes feel like a challenge. So at Healthy Kids Day, we’ll encourage kids to stay physically and intellectually active all summer long, and give families tips they can easily replicate at home. It’s free and open to the community.”
In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:
• Try, try, repeat – There are many great tasting fruits and vegetables that many kids have never heard of, let alone tried. Grab a new fruit or vegetable and encourage everyone in the family to try at least a bite.
• Play around town – Challenge the family to play on a different playground every week. Identify playgrounds at a variety of parks; expand definitions of playgrounds to include nature trails, a nearby stream, and a bike path.
• Families at play for an hour a day – From walking to gardening, or swimming to shooting hoops, make playful movement a part of your family’s day. To get 60 minutes of moderate activity throughout your day just add 10 minutes here and 15 minutes there.
• Foster a passion for reading – Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.
• 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 a healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning and other vital functions.
The Woodruff Family YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at the Y at 631 Orange Avenue in Milford from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and features play and educational activities, such as kids fitness demos, relay races, a bicycle course, face painting, gaga pit games, local vendors, super heroes, mascots, raffles and prizes.
YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is supported by St. Vincent’s Medical Center, and also supported by nationally by Humana.
For more information, contact the Woodruff Family YMCA at 203-878-6501 or visit woodruffymca.org.