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April 19, 2014

YMCA hosting Healthy Kids Day next weekend

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — The YMCA of Southern Indiana, in partnership with Purdue Extension, is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active.

The YMCA of Southern Indiana’s Healthy Kids Day and Purdue Extension’s Spring Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at Purdue Research Park, 3000 Technology Ave., New Albany, and features fun, active play and educational activities.

The concurrent events feature fun, active play, a one-mile color fun run/walk at 12:30 p.m. and educational activities, such as a DJ, a bounce house, interactive booths, hands-on 4-H science, crafts and much more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at nearly 1,600 Ys across the country, aims to get more kids moving and learning, so they can keep up the habit all summer long — a critical out-of-school time for kids’ health. Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year.

“One in three U.S. children is obese. This statistic, coupled with the fact that once summer hits, children will be more idle, demonstrates why it’s important to help families develop healthy habits now,” said Crystal Hardin, teen and family director, in a news release. “As part of the Y’s commitment to healthy living, through YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day our goal is to improve the health and well-being of kids and inspire habits they can continue into adulthood.”

In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families 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.

• 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.

• Lead by example — Be a good role model; kids can be influenced by seeing how hard their parents work at home or on the job, and how rewarding that experience is.

For more information, call 812-206-7892 or email atchardin@ymcasi.org.

 

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