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Healthy Kids Day on April 30th

April 30 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

All are Welcome to Celebrate 30 Years of Healthy Kids Day ®
at the YMCA of Darien, CT
Event inspires kids to keep their minds and bodies active all summer long

[DARIEN, CT, April 14, 2022]—On Saturday, April 30, the YMCA of Darien, Connecticut is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active at the annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. All activities are designed to inspire kids to get active while simultaneously teaching families how to develop routines that support mental and physical health at home.

Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at over 1,500 Ys across the country by over one million participants, works to get more kids moving and learning, creating habits that they continue all summer long.  When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Research shows that without access to out-of-school learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. As spring turns to summer, Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to let children idle away their summer days. Instead, the Y wants families to focus on helping children imagine what they can accomplish over the summer. 

“At the Y, we believe in the potential of all children and each day we work to help kids find that potential within themselves,” said Jennifer Gardner, Darien YMCA CEO. “Healthy Kids Day is a fun, free community-wide event to kick off summer and remind us all how important it is for kids to stay active physically and mentally throughout the summer.”

Keeping Kids Healthy All Summer Long 

In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits this summer that can have a lifetime effect:

  • High Five the Fruits and Veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings of fruits and veggies each day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend for healthy childhood development. And to keep kids’ taste buds evolving, have everyone in the family try at least one bite of a new fruit or vegetable at least once a month. 
  • Read Together – The summer is a great time to enjoy books with summer program participants—and 30 minutes a day goes a long way! Take trips to the local library or create a family reading challenge to see who can log the most minutes of reading. Encourage youth to create their own stories as well. 
  • Get Moving! – Activities that require movement also help kids flex their mental muscle. Use materials in unique ways: ask youth to build models, manipulate tools or develop their own theatrical scenes. 
  • Play Together – Play may be the best way to prevent childhood obesity. By putting more play into your family’s day, you will soon find yourself getting the activity that will have your family feeling energized and strong. 
  • Make sleep a priority – Doctors recommend 10-12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5-12 and 7-8 hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, and learning.

The Darien YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at 2420 Post Road in Darien, CT 06820 from 10am – 1pm and features fun, active play and educational activities, raffles, local vendors, Kayak rides in the pool, a “Healthy Kids Day Dash” fun run, face painting, healthy snacks, rock wall, and so much more, all free and open to the community.

Locally, Healthy Kids Day is being sponsored by Darien Sport Shop, Palmer’s Market, Sub Shots, Matrix, Kumon, Darien Running Company, Dental Arts of Darien and Whole Foods.

For more information, contact Amy D’Andrea, Aquatics Director at 203-655-8228 x 1307 or visit Facebook page to RSVP @TheDarienYMCA

 


About the Darien YMCA

The Darien YMCA is a registered 501c3 charitable organization that has been a vital and critical part of the community for over 50 years. Over 10,000 individuals, families and seniors are impacted by our programs annually. Our facility includes the only two indoor swimming pools in Darien. These pools house the Darien High School and Piranhas swim team as well as classes and recreational swimming. We also have a new state of the art gymnastics center which houses the Darien High School gymnastics team, Y team, and classes for younger children.

 

Details

Date:
April 30
Time:
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Event Category:
https://darien-ymca.org/healthy-kids-day-2022/

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