Coal Creek Family YMCA celebrates Healthy Kids Day

April 12, 2013

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NEW — 1:10 p.m. April 12, 2013

On Saturday, April 27, the Coal Creek Family YMCA is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day with a free community event to get more families moving, learning and living healthier.

Healthy Kids Day, a national initiative of the Y, features fun, educational activities, obstacle courses, archery, tumbling, rock climbing and more. Group Health, Youth Eastside Services, Usborne Books, Waste Management, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Cummins Chiropractic and Hope Heart Institute will be in attendance.

“At YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, we are focusing on health and education to ensure fewer children are at an increased risk for childhood obesity and more children succeed in school,” said Kim Von Wald, Family Programs director at the Coal Creek Family YMCA. “But it’s not just a single day of fun, active play and learning – it’s a kick off to helping parents get a jump on creating a healthier summer.”

During summer, many children lose exposure to out-of-school activities that keep their minds and bodies active, leaving them at risk of falling behind academically and gaining weight twice as fast as they would during the school year. Following are six ideas for activities families can begin doing now and throughout summer to stay healthy.

  • Begin planning now for summer activities. Check with the Y or the local parks and recreation for opportunities with day or resident camp, swimming, arts and crafts, or sports.
  • Start a book series and read together each night as a family. Reading at night keeps the brain buzzing and young minds active!
  • Drink water. Have fun with flavor, give it some pizzazz with a slice of lemon, lime, orange, or even cucumber.
  • Take a walking staycation. Map out a new neighborhood or hiking trail in your area and get your family to explore on foot. It’s a great way to make Saturday a healthy, active start to the weekend.
  • Next time you get “I’m bored!” give your kids a jump rope! It’s an awesome way to have fun and keep moving. They can go solo, or get others in on the fun.
  • Start a “Words I Want to Know” notebook for the entire family. When there is an unfamiliar word, write it down, look it up, and add it to the family’s vocabulary. You can even keep track of these on the refrigerator.

The Coal Creek Family YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day event takes place at 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Road, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Learn more at www.coalcreekymca.org or call the Coal Creek Family YMCA at 282-1500.

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