Join us for Healthy Kids Day April 26, 2014, 10a.m.-12p.m.

March 31, 2014


A free, community event for kids and families."

A free, community event for kids and families.

April 26, 2014, 10a.m.-12p.m.
High Ridge YMCA
2424 West Touhy Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645

Today, according to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 15 percent of Illinois children aged 2-4 years are obese and more than 15 percent of adolescents in Illinois were overweight. In addition, in a recent KIDS COUNT® data snapshot, the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that 80 percent of lower-income fourth graders and 66 percent of all kids are not reading proficiently - a key predictor of a student’s future educational and economic success. Furthermore, when the school year ends, the physical and educational health of many kids worsens.

To kick-start physical activity and learning now and throughout the summer – a critical out-of-school time for kids – on Saturday, April 26, the YMCA of Metro Chicago is celebrating Healthy Kids Day® with free community events across the Chicagoland area for kids and families. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, features child and family friendly activities sure to get the whole family immersed in physical activity and learning fun!

Here is just a sample of some of the exciting activities we have planned:


"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:


Participate in a Healthy Kids Day!
The YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Healthy Kids Day events take place will take place April 26, 2014, 10a.m.-12p.m. Please RSVP to make your entry into the event quick and easy!


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