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YMCA hosting Healthy Kids Day

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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As part of a nationwide effort to encourage children to get moving, the YMCA of Clay County will host YMCA Healthy Kids Day, the nation's largest health day for children and families.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day is filled with fun, engaging and creative activities that foster healthy living.

The event will take place from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday. All youth, ages 18-under may come to the YMCA free of charge.

Then, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., families with children in grades kindergarten-fifth are invited to Family Fun Night.

Active games will be available in the YMCA gymnasium and the XRKADE youth fitness area will be open to families.

Opportunities for families to work together to make a family banner, reading together or writing letters to grandparents will be offered.

The event is the kickoff for Summer Day Camp registration. School age childcare and camp staff will be in attendance. All activities are free and open to the public.

"Keeping kids healthy is at the core of what the YMCA of Clay County stands for," Youth Program and Communications Director Deborah Plummer said. "The word 'exercise' doesn't sound very enjoyable to many people, especially kids, but getting them to move more through play that requires physical activity is the key to building healthy habits that last a lifetime.

On YMCA Healthy Kids Day, both kids and grown-ups will have the opportunity to get moving to ply and to have fun."

To make more time for physical activity, the YMCA of Clay County offers simple ways to put more play into children's day, and to get the family moving more, including:

* Make physical activity a regular part of family playtime -- the more active children are, the most likely they are to continue being physically active later in life,

* Allow children to have unstructured playtime. All play is not created equal -- children need different types of play, including indoor and outdoor, active and inactive,

* Reintroduce children to basics of active play. Play hopscotch or basketball, jump rope, or enjoy games such as Red Light, Green Light or Simon Says, and

* Limit screen time and use of electronic media to allow more time for play.

"The goal of encouraging kids to play more is to build a lifetime of love for physical activity," Plummer said. "Play should not seem like a chore -- it is an activity that is fun and brings joy and allows a kid to just be a kid."

More than 700,000 children and families are expected to participate in YMCA Healthy Kids Day events at nearly 1,500 YMCAs nationwide.

For more information about YMCA Healthy Kids Day, call the YMCA at 442-6761 or e-mail childcare@claycountyymca.org.



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