Decatur YMCA to host 25th Annual Healthy Kids Day

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DECATUR – The Decatur Family YMCA will be holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, is in its 25th year. The day will feature activities, such as the Blessing of the Bicycles, water games in the pool, sports and fitness activities and preparing and enjoying healthy snacks to teach healthy routines for the home.

The Decatur YMCA will be celebrating along with over 1,300 other Ys countrywide and over 1.2 million participants.

YMCA officials say kids face several hurdles in keeping active outside of school. They say research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically. They also gain weight twice as fast during the summer compared to during the school year.

Healthy Kids Day is a reminder, as spring turns to summer, to not let children idle during the break.

Decatur Family YMCA CEO Matt Whitehead says the Y believes in the potential of all children.

“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,” Whitehead explains.

The Y offers these tips to families to help develop healthy habits:

  • 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.
  • Foster an Early and Ongoing Passion for Books – Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.
  • Team Up for Athletic Events – Set a family goal of great health by teaming up for community or charity events like races, walks, fun runs, bike rides, etc.
  • Volunteer Together – Find a cause that matters to the kids. Open their eyes to a world beyond themselves and the rich rewards that come from making a difference.
  • 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

The Decatur Family YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at 220 West McKinley Avenue in Decatur from 9 AM to 12 PM on April 30.

More information about the Decatur Family YMCA can be found here.

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