Healthy Kids Day, the largest health day for children in the U.S., will celebrate its 20th anniversary on April 16. YMCAs across the nation hold this signature event as part of Activate America. Healthy Kids Day includes free events at more than 1,750 YMCAs across the U.S. with the hopes of introducing participants to healthy living programs at their local Ys and to community partner organizations that support healthy lifestyles.
She Is Dallas info: The YMCA is the nation's leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. To find the location nearest you and their specific schedule for Healthy Kids Day, please visit the YMCA. The event is sponsored by Dodge, Pepsico, and Sam’s Club.
Healthy Kids Day is a colorful, active event, usually three to four hours in duration, characterized by a variety of family-focused activities designed to inspire active play and teach key elements of healthy living. Examples include: obstacle courses, interactive games and relay races, health screenings, family and child safety demonstrations, healthy cooking demonstrations and nutrition seminars.
It can be hard finding time and money to to ensure that your children are getting the proper nutrition and physical activity that their growing bodies need. But with one third of children being either overweight or obese, now is the time for families to realize the importance in healthy living. This is why the YMCA holds the annual Healthy Kids Day to promote fun in physical activity and teach good health habits that can last a lifetime.
The YMCA gives these five ideas for family play dates:
- Schedule a Game Night: Play games with the kids that incorporate physical activity, such as Charades.
- Dance, Dance: Turn on your favorite party music and dance! Make this activity more fun with a dance contest.
- Go Riding: Find a new bike path or park for a fun afternoon outdoors; grab your helmets and go rollerblading or bike riding.
- Channel Your Inner Youth: Remember playing hopscotch, jump rope, Simon Says or freeze tag as a kid? Teach your favorite childhood game to your kid(s) and play them together.
- Play Outside: Visit your neighborhood park or camp out in your backyard for some outdoor fun. Get everyone moving with fun sports like soccer, basketball or baseball.