SUMMIT, NJ - Families who have an interest in leading a healthier lifestyle came out for the Summit Area YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day event on Saturday.

Healthy Kids Day was held in conjunction with the YMCA’s annual Make It a Play Date, which is designed to get parents to incorporate more physical activity and healthy habits into their kids’ daily routine.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, childhood obesity affects 12.5 million children and teens. Among children and teens, obesity  has tripled, from 5 percent to nearly 15 percent since the 1960s. Obesity increases the risk of acquiring chronic adult diseases such as high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes.

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Regular physical activity and healthy eating can lower kids’ chances of becoming obese or overweight and developing chronic diseases. As an organization focused on strengthening the community, the YMCA has a vested interest in getting kids more active and allowing them to lead healthier lives.
Families brought their children to visit various vendors at the YMCA who support the Y’s emphasis on leading healthier lifestyles including The Diabetes Prevention Association, Walgreens and Peapack Gladstone Bank.

Families were able to participate in various activities including Family Zumba, climbing a rock wall, engaging in a family scavenger hunt, participating in an inflatable obstacle course, and consuming refreshments.