MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The South Mountain YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire kids to keep their minds and bodies active throughout the summer through its national initiative, "Healthy Kids Day."
Healthy Kids Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, at the South Mountain YMCA, 13 Jefferson Ave., Maplewood.
The events begin with a Family Fun Run at 8:45 a.m., at Underhill Field at Columbia High School, 17 Parker Ave., Maplewood. The main event will begin at the gym at 10 a.m. and will have bouncy houses, a climbing wall, an obstacle course, demo classes, games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, a DJ, and face painting.
"When a child is healthy, happy and supported he/she can make great things happen," said Jason Kelly, senior director of Youth Sports and Wellness in a press release about the event. "We believe in the potential of all children, and we strive to help kids find that potential within themselves.
"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 spirit, mind and body throughout the summer," Kelly said.
One in three U.S. children is obese and when summer comes, kids will be more idle.
Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically and gain weight twice as fast during the summer than the school year. Healthy Kids Day is an opportunity for the community to focus on what kids need to grow and achieve all summer long.
The fun run will be on Saturday, May 4, from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m., at Columbia High School's Underhill Field, 17 Parker Ave., followed by the main event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the gym, 13 Jefferson Ave.