Healthy Kids Day
On Saturday, May 16th, the YMCA of Frederick County is 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, features activities such as food, arts & crafts, games for children of all ages, exhibitors from many county agencies and businesses, live entertainment, YMCA program demonstrations, door prizes, pony rides, a magic show, and more, to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine
YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at nearly 1,300 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. When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles – or gaps – that prevent them from reaching their full potential, related to hunger, water safety, learning, safe spaces to play, and health. Each year, the Y helps over 9 million youth nationwide “hop the gap” and achieve more, providing a safe to place to learn, stay healthy and build friendships.
In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop
Try, try, repeat – There are many great tasting fruits and vegetables that many kids have never heard of, let alone tried. Grab a new fruit or vegetable and encourage everyone in the family to try at least a bite.
Play around town – Challenge the family to play on a different playground every week. Identify playgrounds at a variety of parks; expand definitions of playgrounds to include nature trails, a nearby stream, and a bike path.
Families at play for an hour a day – From walking to gardening, or swimming to shooting hoops, make playful movement a part of your family’s day. To get 60 minutes of moderate activity throughout your day just add 10 minutes here and 15 minutes there.
Foster a passion for reading – Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.
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 system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning, and other vital functions. The YMCA of Frederick County’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at two locations: at the Downtown Y at 1000 N Market St in Frederick and at the Y Urbana property located between Urbana Middle and High Schools at 9239 Fingerboard Rd in Ijamasville. Festivities will begin at 10:00am and conclude at 2:00pm. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is supported by Frederick Memorial Hospital, M&T Bank, The Rotary Club of Carroll Creek, and also supported by nationally by Humana. For more information, contact YMCA of Frederick County at 301-663-5131 or visit frederickymca.org.