Event encourages kids to stay active and keep learning all summer long.
On Saturday, April 29, the YMCA of Montclair is holding its annual free Healthy Kids Day® community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. Healthy Kids Day is a national YMCA initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. Adventure awaits participants at various stations from around the world where they can do different hands on activities that motivate and teach them how to develop healthy routines at home. Stations include:
Healthy Kids Day is celebrated at over 1,600 Ys across the country by over 1.2 million participants. It works to get more kids moving and learning, creating habits that they can 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. Summer learning loss is more pronounced among students from low-income families. 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 encourages families to focus on “charging” kids up with enthusiasm for themselves and their potential.
“When a child is healthy, happy motivated, and excited something amazing is inevitably going to result,” says YMCA of Montclair CEO Jo Ann Short. “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.”
In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following healthy tips:
The YMCA of Montclair’s Healthy Kids Day takes place:
Sunglasses will be donated to the kids that participate courtesy of Hackensack Meridian Health.
For more information, contact Kimberley Griffiths at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-415-6102