Exeter Area YMCA Wants to Awaken Summer Imagination at Annual Healthy Kids Day®

Apr 26, 2018

(26 April, 2018 Exeter, NH)—On Saturday, May 05, the Exeter Area YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active at the annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. Healthy Kids Day is an opportunity to ignite children’s imaginations so that they can imagine what they’ll accomplish this summer.  The day-long event begins after the Connor’s Climb Foundation 5k and features a pancake breakfast; bounce house; local vendors; demonstrations from Karate International and the Exeter Fire and Police Departments; activities such as planting seeds, healthy snack-making stations, youth-friendly challenges, and a dunk tank organized by the teen Leaders Club! There’s so much to explore, motivate, and teach families how to develop and maintain healthy routines at home throughout the summer months.

 

Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at over 1,500 Ys across the country by over 1.2 million participants, works to get more kids moving and learning, creating habits that they continue all summer long.  When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Research shows that without access to out-of-school learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. As spring turns to summer, Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to let children idle away their summer days. Instead, the Y wants families to focus on helping children imagine what they can accomplish over the summer.

 

“When a child is healthy, happy, and supported they can make great things happen,” says Tanisha Johnson, Associate Branch Director. “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,” said Johnson.

 

Keeping Kids Healthy All Summer Long

 

In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits this summer that can have a lifetime effect:

 

  • High Five the Fruits and Veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development. And to keep kids’ taste buds evolving, have everyone in the family try at least one bite of a new fruit or vegetable at least once a month.
  • Read Together – The summer is a great time to enjoy books with summer program participants—and 30 minutes a day goes a long way! Take trips to the local library or create a family reading challenge to see who can log the most minutes of reading. Encourage youth to create their own stories as well.
  • Get Moving! – Activities that require movement also help kids flex their mental muscle. Use materials in unique ways: ask youth to build models, manipulate tools or develop their own theatrical scenes.
  • Play Together – Play may be the best way to prevent childhood obesity. By putting more play into your family’s day, you will soon find yourself getting the activity that will have your family feeling energized and strong.
  • Make sleep a priority – Doctors recommend 10-12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5-12 and 7-8 hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning and other vital functions.

 

The Exeter Area YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at 56 Linden Street, Exeter, NH 03833 from 10 AM-2PM and features fun, active play and educational activities. We’re pleased to host the Exeter Fire and Police Departments, DiBona Dental, Steiner Family Chiropractic, George & Phillips, Exeter Parks and Recreation, Exeter Hospital, Damsel in Defense, Friendly Pets, Karate International, and many more!

 

Healthy Kids Day encourages youth and families to awaken summer imagination and this cannot be done without proper nutrition. Walmart Foundation is proud to sponsor Healthy Kids Day to raise awareness about the importance of food security and nutrition for youth and families.

 

Delta wants to ensure that kids have their best summer ever and is a proud sponsor of Healthy Kids Day.

 

For more information, contact Exeter Area YMCA at 603 642 3361 or visit sdymca.org or ymca.net.

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About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net

Southern District YMCA is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.