April 24, 2017
Chicago, IL - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 17 percent of U.S. children and adolescents are obese, which is about 12.7 million. Locally, children in the Chicago metropolitan area have higher overweight and obesity prevalence rates than others in the same age groups, according to the City of Chicago Department of Public Health and Chicago Public Schools (CPS). In fact, more than 36 percent of kindergarteners, nearly 49 percent of 6th graders and 44.7 percent of 9th graders are overweight. When the school year ends, the physical and educational health of many kids worsens.
With that in mind, on Saturday, April 29, YMCA of Metro Chicago centers across Chicagoland are hosting the 26th annual Healthy Kids Day ®, the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids and families. Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to let children idle away their summer days.
Everyone in the community is invited to participate in free and fun activities, such as GaGa pits, rock wall climbing, arts and crafts and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.
In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:
Every participating Y presents an event chock full of unique activities that promote active minds and healthy bodies! What does your local Healthy Kids Day have in store for your family?