March 25, 2015
Join us for Healthy Kids Day April 25, 2015 10 a.m.-Noon
Elmhurst YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® on April 25, 2015
Aims to Help Kids Stay Active and Keep Learning
Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10 a.m.-Noon
211 W. First Street
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Healthy Kids Day is a national initiative that aims to get more children 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 related to hunger, water safety, learning, safe spaces to play and health, which prevent them from reaching their full potential. Each year, the Y helps over 9 million youth nationwide “hop the gap” and achieve more by providing a safe to place to learn, stay healthy and build friendships. This year, nearly 1,300 Ys across the country will celebrate Healthy Kids Day.
Here is just a sample of some of the exciting activities we have planned:
- YMCA of Metro Chicago Jumping Jack Challenge – all YMCA of Metro Chicago centers will work together to reach their goal of completing a collective 500,000 jumping jacks at their Healthy Kids Day® events. All participants will receive a Healthy Kids Day Jumping Jack Challenge certificate and the top 10 participants with the highest number of jumping jacks will receive a exclusive CYBEX pedometer.
- Family Group Fitness Classes—Bring the whole family to participate in group fitness classes especially designed for members of the whole family.
- Summer Day Camp display and activites—Our day camp program has been given a face lift this year! This summer we will focus on taking a holistic approach to your campers experience. Camps will be seperated into age appropriate groups and include a variety of activities every week inlcuding games, songs, arts and crafts, team building, fitness and nutrition, sports, character development, fine arts, reading, science and field trips! We are looking forward to a great summer!
- Summer Reading Program Kick Off —Many of our Ys are partnering with their community’s local libraries to incentivize kids to read over the summer. All of our summer camps will be incorporating this reading initiative into their summer programming.
- Visits From Local Firemen and Policemen—Local firemen and policemen will be attending the event to share helpful safety tips to children and families.
- Dieticians and Nutritionists—Local diet and nutrition experts will be on hand to share important information with families to help them keep a healthy diet.
- Healthy Recipe Share—we are launching a new widget on our Elmhurst YMCA Facebook or website for members and friends of the Y to submit and share your healthy, family-friendly recipes with the Y community!
- And so much more!
"At the YMCA's Healthy Kids Day events, we will focus on health and education-related activities to ensure participants learn about nutrition, exercise and other preventable health diseases. Our health focus, combined with fun learning activities, will ensure that fewer children are at risk for childhood obesity or diabetes and be successful in school. It's never too early to help children learn about healthy living," said Richard Malone, President and CEO, YMCA of Metro Chicago. “Research shows that during the summer, children are more likely to gain weight and fall behind academically than during the school year. Healthy Kids Day is not just a single day of fun, active play and learning--it's a kickoff to help families get a jump start on creating a healthier summer for their children.”
In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:
- 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.