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Owen County YMCA’s April 27 Healthy Kids Day Aims To Help Kids Exercise Minds And Bodies

YMCA Report

On Saturday, April 27, the Owen County Family YMCA is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event that encourages kids to get moving and learning, thus keeping families living healthier. Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and wellbeing, 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, reading, or 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 Owen County Family YMCA, 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 Jodi Drescher, Owen County Family YMCA Membership/Special Events Director. “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 Owen County Family YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at the YMCA from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and features fun, active play and educational activities, such as arts, music, gardening, sports and an inflatable obstacle course. Also, the Harris- Kinnick Band will be here playing acoustically.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is supported by Owen County Family YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. The Owen County Family YMCA is proud to host representatives from local groups and organizations.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is also supported by national media partners Sprout and Lazy Town, who are committed to encouraging kids to lead a healthy lifestyle.

For more information, contact the Owen County Family YMCA at 812-828-9622, or visit www.owencountyymca.org.

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