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Y to celebrate 'Healthy Kids Day'

Sunday, April 15, 2012

YMCA of Clay County Program Director Nicole Fry
The YMCA of Clay County will celebrate Healthy Kids Day April 28, with a free community event for children and families of Clay County.

More than 1,900 YMCA facilities across the country will take part in the celebration, meant to kick start physical activity and learning throughout the summer -- a critical out-of-school time for children.

Healthy Kids Day, a national initiative of the YMCA to improve the health and well being of children, is filled with fun, active play and educational activities which will help parents improve their children's lifestyles for the long term.

According to YMCA officials, research shows that without access to activities, which stimulate the mind and body, children are more prone to gain weight and fall behind academically during summer months.

"At the Clay County YMCA, we know that when the school year ends, many kids lose exposure to activities that keep them moving and learning. Healthy Kids Day will help parents begin thinking about what their kids need to stay physically and intellectually active in the summer," YMCA of Clay County CEO Deborah Plummer said.

"Summer is just around the corner and this is an ideal time for kids to get out and grow so they are healthier and sharper when the next school year begins," added YMCA of Clay County Program Director Nicole Fry.

The YMCA of Clay County's event will take place at the facility, 225 E. Kruzan St., Brazil, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and will feature a free Health Fair for all who attend.

A Family Fun Run will also take place at 9:45 a.m., starting at the cross section of Lambert and Kruzan streets heading north to Hendrix Street, before returning to Kruzan Street.

The run is approximately 1-mile. Families are encouraged to participate together. The run is free. However, there will be a $5 charge for those wanting to order T-shirts.

A leading non-profit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the YMCA holds Healthy Kids Day to teach healthy habits and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity through active play.

As part of the initiative, the YMCA -- along with hundreds of thousands of parents and children nationwide -- will take on summer by addressing critical gaps in health and education, which causes children to be at-risk for childhood obesity and suffer summer learning loss.

For more information, call Fry at 442-6761 or e-mail childcare@claycountyymca.org.

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