YMCA encourages healthy lifestyles, physical activity at Healthy Kids Day

April 19, 2012

By Staff

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NEW — 11 a.m. April 19, 2012

Children and parents alike are encouraged stop by the Coal Creek Family YMCA for a free community event  April 28. The YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, which is the nation’s largest health day for families, will center around the theme “Play, Learn, Connect.”

The event aims to inspire healthy lifestyles and physical activity year-round, a commitment to educational activities over the summer and closer connections in the community for local families.

“Healthy Kids Day opens families to all the activities the Y has to offer to keep them moving during our rainy, blustery seasons and to prevent learning loss during the summer,” Regional Executive Marcia Isenberger said. “We strive to keep kids and families physically and intellectually active throughout the year.”

The event  will feature fun games and activities for all ages, healthy snacks, facility tours and pool time from 1o a.m to 1 p.m. There are no joining fees for family membership all weekend, and the first 100 kids at each Y receive free T-shirts.

To help strengthen ties within the community and further the goals of Healthy Kids Day, Coal Creek Family YMCA is working with a number of local community organizations, businesses and partners.

Healthy Kids Day features activities such as archery, balloon animals, tumbling and gymnastics, face painting, fishing for prizes, a bounce house, an inflatable indoor obstacle course, an outdoor obstacle course, a healthy lunch, outdoor basketball, family photos, climbing wall, arts and crafts and a recycling relay.

The Bellevue Fire Department, Newcastle Police Department, Osborne Books, Waste Management and the Hope Heart Institute will also be on hand for the festivities.

Healthy Kids Day will also take place at 1,900 YMCA’s nationwide this year.

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