The Edmond Sun

April 4, 2013

Healthy Kids Day aims to help children exercise minds, bodies


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The Edmond YMCA, 1220 S. Rankin St., is celebrating Healthy Kids Day from 9 a.m. to noon April 13 with a free community event that encourages children to get moving and learning and families living healthier. Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, takes place at 1,900 Ys and kick-starts healthier behaviors now and throughout the summer, a critical out-of-school time for children’s health.

Many U.S. children do not get the daily recommended hours of physical activity and reading, and daily amounts of healthy foods. According to the latest findings of the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot — a survey of parents that gauges their children’s activity levels during the school year — only 19 percent of children get 60 minutes of physical activity, only 17 percent read books for fun, and only 12 percent eat at least eight fruits and vegetables daily.

“At the Y, we know parents struggle to keep their kids physically and intellectually active every day. We want to help ensure fewer kids are at risk of childhood obesity and more kids excel in school,” said Mike Roark, executive director of the Edmond YMCA. “YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will get kids moving and learning while also helping families get a jump on creating a healthier summer, and ultimately a healthier future.”

Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically and gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will help parents begin thinking early about what their kids need to grow and achieve all summer long.

Healthy Kids Day features fun, active play and educational activities, such as nutrition classes, Zumba for kids, fitness obstacle challenge, face painting, moon bounce, member appreciation gifts, golf driving net and much more.

The Y is proud to host representatives from UCO, Chick-fil-A and Ms. America International 2012 Carla Gonzalez. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is supported by national media partners Sprout and Lazy Town, who are committed to encouraging children to lead a healthy lifestyle. 

For more information, call Geri Valdez at 290-5088 or visit www.ymcaokc.org.