March 30, 2015
Chicago, IL - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 14 percent of U.S. high school students are obese. Locally, children in the Chicago metropolitan area have higher overweight and obesity prevalence rates than others in the same age groups, according to the Chicago Department of Public Health and Chicago Public Schools. In fact, more than 35 percent of kindergarteners, nearly 49 percent of 6th graders and 44.5 percent of 9th graders are overweight. When the school year ends, the physical and educational health of many kids worsens.
“Research shows that when children are physically active, not only are they less likely to be overweight or obese, they learn more effectively,” says Richard Malone, President and CEO, YMCA of Metro Chicago. “Parents and family members that promote regular physical activities are helping to lay a strong foundation for life-long health in their children.”
To kick-start physical activity and learning now and throughout the summer, the YMCA of Metro Chicago is celebrating Healthy Kids Day®, a free community event for children and their families. Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being. YMCA centers throughout metropolitan Chicago will host events on April 24 or 25.
Everyone in the community is invited to participate in fun activities, such as healthy cooking demonstrations, 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:
YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is supported nationally by Humana. Find the Healthy Kids Day activities taking place at your local YMCA.