The West Essex YMCA, located 321 S. Livingston Ave. in Livingston, will be celebrating Healthy Kids Day on April 17th from 12-3pm, this event is free and open to the public. Healthy Kids Day is a nationally celebrated YMCA event highlighting the YMCA's mission based programs that support the healthy growth and development of kids. As the nation's largest health day for children, YMCA Healthy Kids Day will bring more than 500,000 kids and families to over 1,500 YMCAs nationwide.

Healthy Kids Day was designed to offer tips and tools to help families work toward building healthier lifestyles together and introduce the community to programs at the YMCA that build healthy kids. Healthy Kids Day is a key event of Activate America, the YMCA of USA's latest initiative to help Americans live healthier lives.

Helen Flores, Executive Director of the West Essex YMCA, said, "It is extremely important to instill a healthy lifestyle in children at a young age. This year's Healthy Kids Day will help educate parents on what they can do to put their children on the right track early on."

Healthy Kids Day will include a number of fun activities the whole family can enjoy, including: a Moon Walk, games, sports, arts & crafts and face painting. Free YMCA brochures for parents with tips on raising safe and healthy kids will be available.

The YMCA is the local charity of choice. Financial assistance is available because at the West Essex YMCA no one is turned away due to their inability to pay. The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges is celebrating its 125th Anniversary. The West Essex Branch is proud to observe this milestone and looks forward to a rich future of community service.

For more information about the West Essex YMCA or their Healthy Kids Day please call (973) 992-7500 or visit their website at