LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges will hold two free, virtual events in May to inspire more adults and kids to keep their minds and bodies active. 

On Sunday, May 24, the Y will participate in the annual Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. This year’s event features physical fitness activities such as the Superhero Challenge and Flash Fruit Dash, mindfulness activities and techniques, healthy eating demonstrations and recipes, and tips to motivate and teach families how to develop and maintain healthy routines at home. 

Our Healthy Kids Day Kit will be available to families to download and complete at their leisure. The health of a child’s mind, body, and spirit is increasingly important as families face new challenges during this 2020 global pandemic. With this in mind, the Y has included activities that are easy to do at home, promote mindfulness, and foster social responsibility, in addition to physical exercise and nutrition. 

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“A child’s development is never on vacation, and Healthy Kids Day is a great opportunity to educate families and motivate kids to stay active in mind, body and spirit throughout the summer,” said Richard K Gorab, President and CEO of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges. “We believe in the potential of all children and we strive to help kids find that potential within themselves. When a child is healthy, happy, and supported they can make great things happen.”

Locally, Healthy Kids Day is supported by the Y’s signature partners: RWJ St. Barnabas, St. Joseph's Hospital and Regents Park.

On Wednesday, May 27, the Y will participate in The National Senior Health & Fitness Day®, a day to help keep older Americans healthy and fit. Organized as a public/private good health partnership by the Mature Market Resource Center, National Senior Health & Fitness Day will offer fitness activities for older adults at more than 1,000 locations across the U.S. The event is held on the last Wednesday in May as part of Older Americans Month activities. The Y’s virtual celebration will feature physical and mental health activities and educational “How To” workshops for participation via social media and ZOOM technology. 

“I encourage older adults to participate in National Senior Health & Fitness Day. This will be a great event for seniors to connect with the Y and community, learn the benefits of regular exercise, and discover healthy ways to boost their physical and mental wellness,” Gorab said. 

To learn more about the Y’s health and wellness programs for all ages, visit metroymcas.org.

ABOUT THE Y

Established in 1885, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges invests in its diverse communities to promote wellness, safety and quality of life for children, adults and seniors. Its seven branches in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hackensack, Hardyston, Stillwater and Wayne are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility through an array of programs. Some 35,000 people belong to the Metro Y, which awards more than $2.8 million annually in direct and indirect financial assistance.