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Clark County

April 22, 2013

YMCA, Purdue teaming up for healthy kids event April 27

> SOUTHERN INDIANA —

The YMCA of Southern Indiana, in partnership with Purdue Extension, will celebrate YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day and Purdue Extension’s Spring Festival on Saturday, April 27 with a free community event that encourages kids in Clark and Floyd counties to get moving and learning, and families living healthier. 

This is the second year for Purdue Extension’s Spring Festival, highlighting their many research-based programs and the 4-H Program. 

The event will take place at Purdue Research Park, 3000 Technology Ave., New Albany, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features fun, active play and educational activities, such as a DJ, a bounce house, group exercise classes, interactive booths, hands-on 4-H science, crafts and much more. 

Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, takes place at 1,900 Ys nationwide and is aimed at kick-starting healthier behaviors now and throughout the summer, a critical out-of-school time for children’s health.

According to the latest findings of the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot — a survey of parents that gauges their children’s activity levels during the school year — only 19 percent of children get 60 minutes of physical activity, only 17 percent read books for fun, and only 12 percent eat at least eight fruits and vegetables daily.

“At the YMCA of Southern Indiana, we know parents struggle to keep their kids physically and intellectually active every day. We want to help ensure fewer kids are at risk of childhood obesity and more kids excel in school,” Floyd County Teen and Family Director Crystal Hardin said in a news release. “YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will get kids moving and learning while also helping families get a jump on creating a healthier summer, and ultimately a healthier future.”

“Purdue Extension offers programs for the entire family. From gardening, to healthy cooking, to leadership development, there’s something for everyone. Our National 4-H focus is on a science-based curriculum, engaging youth in STEM activities while focusing on instilling a lifelong commitment to healthy living,” Melissa Merida, Floyd County Extension Director, said in the release. “Utilizing our learn-by-doing method, 4-H encourages youth to continue to engage in hands-on learning throughout their summer break, keeping their reading and learning skills sharp, while developing vital life skills.” 

For more information about Healthy Kids Day or the Spring Festival, call Crystal Hardin with the YMCA at 812-283-9622, ext. 224 or email at chardin@ymcasi.org. Purdue Extension: contact Melissa Merida can be reached at 812-569-1660 or via email: mmerida@purdue.edu

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