Health & Wellness

Madison Area YMCA's Healthy Kids Day: Help Kids Exercise Minds and Bodies

The Madison Area YMCA will celebrate Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 27, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with a free community event on the fields at the Family Center that focuses on promoting healthy lifestyles for kids and their families. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held indoors.

Healthy Kids Day will focus on nutrition, physical activity, safety and fun! Fitness Center staff will be on hand to demonstrate agility training. Activities will include a bounce house, crafts, face painting, temporary tattoos, an obstacle course and a dance party. Guests will have access to Kids Central, the Y’s indoor playground, and the Teen Center. The Y will provide healthy snacks, goody bags and a raffle.

More than 1.2 million children in 1,900 Ys participate in Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being. The program, celebrated for more than 20 years, kick starts healthier behaviors now and through the summer when kids are less physically active and engaged in learning.

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According to research, kids gain weight two to three times faster during summer vacation than during the school year. The YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot, a survey that gauges children’s activity levels during the school year, found that only 19% of children get 60 minutes of daily physical activity, only 17% read books for fun and only 12% eat at least eight fruits and vegetables daily. As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y addresses critical gaps in kids’ health and education.

Healthy Kids Day community partners include Adams Dental, American Cancer Society, Camp Speers Elijabar YMCA, Frost Valley YMCA, Good Seeds, Madison Fire Department, Madison Police Department, Madison Pediatrics, St. Huberts, The Learning Laboratory and Jersey Derby Brigade.

Volunteers are needed to assist with event set-up, various activities, food and goody bag distribution and event clean up.

For more information on Healthy Kids Day or to volunteer, please contact healthykids@madisonymca.org or call Madison Area YMCA Associate Health & Fitness Director Jennifer Casanova at 973-822-9622 x2281 or Development & Administration Associate Chelsea Creo at 973-822-9622 x2266. The Madison Area YMCA is located at 111 Kings Road in Madison.

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