Healthy Kids Day: April 21

Posted on February 07, 2018 in Fitness, Events, Healthy Living, Youth Development, Y News

YMCA of the Suncoast Healthy Kids Day
On Saturday, April 21, the YMCA of the Suncoast is holding a FREE community event for everyone to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA's Healthy Kids Day® , the Y's national initiative to improve families' health and well-being, features games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home. 

YMCA's Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at nearly 1,500 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.

You don't have to be a member of the Y to join us for Healthy Kids Day but you can still get a FREE three day pass for the weekend! 

Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. 

Here's a list of tentative times and YMCA of the Suncoast locations. Stay tuned for more activities:

  • Citrus County- 4127 W. Norvell Bryant Hwy/CR 486 Lecanto, (9 a.m.-1 p.m.)
  • Greater Palm Harbor- 1600 16th St. (10 a.m.-1 p.m.)
  • Greater Ridgecrest- 1801 119th St. N, Largo (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Hernando County- 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill (9 a.m.-Noon) 
  • High Point- 5345 Laurel Place, Clearwater (11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • James P. Gills- 8411 Photonics Drive, New Port Richey (9 a.m.-Noon) 
  • North Pinellas- John Chesnut Park, 2200 East Lake Rd., Palm Harbor (10 a.m.-3 p.m.)
  • Clearwater- Visit our Greater Ridgecrest and High Point locations for Healthy Kids' Day activities.
YMCA's Healthy Kids Day® is the Y's national initiative to improve families' health and well-being, features games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home. 

Healthy Kids Day® will inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. The goal of the day is to help improve families' health and well-being. 

In celebration of YMCA's Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits: 
  • High Five the Fruits and Veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development.
  • Foster an Early and Ongoing Passion for Books – Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.
  • Team Up for Athletic Events – Set a family goal of great health by teaming up for community or charity events like races, walks, fun runs. Bike rides, etc.
  • Volunteer Together – Find a cause that matters to the kids. Open their eyes to a world beyond themselves and the rich rewards that come from making a difference.
  • Lead By Example – Be a good role model – kids can be influenced by seeing how hard their parents work at home or on the job, and how rewarding that experience is.