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YMCA to host Healthy Kids Day Saturday

Published: Monday, April 21, 2014 12:30 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014 12:32 p.m. CST

To kick-start physical activity and learning now and throughout the summer – a critical out-of-school time for kids – on Saturday the Southern Prairie YMCA is celebrating Healthy Kids Day with a free community event for kids and families.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day features games, health screenings, arts and crafts, swimming and a fun run to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.

“At YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, we are focusing on health and education to ensure fewer children are at an increased risk for childhood obesity and more children succeed in school,” said Executive Director Jacki Steffen, Southern Prairie YMCA. “We know that during summer, research shows that kids are more likely to gain weight and fall behind academically than during the school year. Health Kids Day is not just a single day of fun, active play and learning – it’s a kick off to helping parents get a jump on creating a healthier summer.”

Saturday will be a day to get moving at the Y.  The morning begins at 8 a.m. with a 5K run starting at the YMCA. At the start of Healthy Kids Day at 9 a.m., all kids are welcome for a kid’s fun run.

The activity continues with sample swim lessons for kids more than 4 years of age. This will give parents and children a chance to find out what level they will be ready for when it comes to summer swim lessons.

Scuba demonstrations are also available for ages 10 and over with a parent present.   Throughout the morning, area businesses and organizations will be providing activities and information for parents and children.  

The Y will be leading fitness classes and obstacle courses, too. The fun continues with free open swim for the whole family from 1-4 p.m.

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