YMCA Healthy Kids Day events offer free family fun
Summer is just around the corner and with it, a break from the hectic routines of the school year. Sleeping in, watching television or playing video games, and enjoying ice cream before bedtime may sound great to kids, but a summer like this can have lasting negative effects on their health.
Kids are less physically active and engaged in learning during the summer, and research shows that children gain weight two to three times faster than during the school year.
With this in mind, the YMCA of Western North Carolina is hosting its annual Healthy Kids Day® on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at locations in Hendersonville and Marion.
Healthy Kids Day is a free community event that focuses on improving the health and well-being of local kids and families. The public is invited to the Corpening Memorial Y in Marion and Jackson Park in Hendersonville to enjoy 5k runs, games, healthy snacks, and fun for the whole family.
The Healthy Kids Day initiative is a powerful reminder to encourage children to focus on physical and mental play instead of idling away their summer days. The event is expected to attract 1.2 million participants nationwide.
“At the Y, we believe active and engaged kids really do achieve amazing things, and there are no days off for a child’s developing spirit, mind and body,” said Paul Vest, president and CEO of the YMCA of WNC. “Through our strong presence and reach with children during summer months, Healthy Kids Day is a great opportunity to educate families and engage kids to stay emotionally, intellectually and physically active over the summer.”
In celebration of Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:
All kids deserve the best summer ever, and Delta is proud to be the national sponsor of Healthy Kids Day, which kicks off a healthy, active and engaged summer for kids throughout the country. Locally, Healthy Kids Day in Marion is presented by McDowell Hospital with additional sponsorship from Zaxby’s. The Healthy Kids Day in Hendersonville is presented by Pardee–UNC Health Care with additional support from Foot RX Running, Asheville; Hendersonville Pediatric Dentistry; and LuLaRoe (Lisa M. Brown).