YMCA of the Inland Northwest’s Healthy Kids Day®
[SPOKANE, WA, MARCH 29, 2013]– On Saturday, April 27, the YMCA of the Inland Northwest is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event that encourages kids in Spokane to get moving and learning, and families living healthier. Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, takes place at 1,900 Ys and kick-starts healthier behaviors now and throughout the summer, a critical out-of-school time for children’s health.
Many U.S. children do not get the daily recommended hours of physical activity and reading, and daily amounts of healthy foods. According to the latest findings of the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot – a survey of parents that gauges their children’s activity levels during the school year – only 19 percent of children get 60 minutes of physical activity, only 17 percent read books for fun, and only 12 percent eat at least eight fruits and vegetables daily.
“At the YMCA of the Inland Northwest, we know parents struggle to keep their kids physically and intellectually active every day. We want to help ensure fewer kids are at risk of childhood obesity and more kids excel in school,” said Aleisha Colvin, Association Health and Wellness Director of the YMCA of the Inland Northwest. “YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will get kids moving and learning while also helping families get a jump on creating a healthier summer, and ultimately a healthier future.”
Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically and gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. On April 27, YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will help parents begin thinking early about what their kids need to grow and achieve all summer long.
The YMCA of the Inland Northwest’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at the Spokane Valley YMCA from 9am – Noon and features fun, active play and educational activities, such as an obstacle course, a bike rodeo, face painting, Zumbatomic, R.I.P.P.E.D for Kids, Kids Yoga Storytime, Drums Alive, iDance and more!
The YMCA of the Inland Northwest is proud to host representatives from Step Up and Go who will be conducting a Think Your Drink display and a jump rope activity, Washington Dental Service Foundation who will be distributing free toothbrushes, 2nd Harvest who will be donating healthy snacks, S.C.O.P.E. who will be offering bike helmet fittings, Spokane Valley Fire