We know that when the school year ends, many kids lose exposure to activities that keep them moving and learning. Healthy Kids Day will help parents begin thinking early about what their kids need to stay physically and intellectually active.
Green Bay, WI (PRWEB) April 25, 2012
On May 5, the Greater Green Bay YMCA is celebrating Healthy Kids Day® with a free event for kids and families in the Green Bay community. More than 1,900 Ys across the country are taking part in Healthy Kids Day, meant to kick start physical activity and learning throughout the summer – a critical out-of-school time for kids.
Healthy Kids Day, a national initiative of the Y to improve the health and well-being of kids, is filled with fun, active play and educational activities that will help parents improve their kids’ lifestyles for the long term. Research shows that without access to activities that stimulate the mind and body, kids are more prone to gain weight and fall behind academically over the summer months.
“At the Green Bay Y we know that when the school year ends, many kids lose exposure to activities that keep them moving and learning. Healthy Kids Day will help parents begin thinking early about what their kids need to stay physically and intellectually active in the summer,” said Tom Wyckoff, Center Executive, Green Bay YMC - Broadview Center “Summer is just around the corner and is an ideal time for kids to get out and grow so they are healthier and sharper when the next school year begins.”
The Green Bay Y’s Healthy Kids Day event will take place at Shopko Hall from 10 am – 3pm and will feature activities such as Zumba, Hula Hooping, Dance, Digital Interactive Games, Radio Disney, Bounce Houses, Bookmobile, Bungee Trampoline, Health information Booths, Bike Rodeo and at noon a Healthy Kids Fun Run, the first run in a series of fun runs throughout the summer.
A leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y holds Healthy Kids Day to teach healthy habits and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity through active play. As part of this initiative, the Y – along with hundreds of thousands of parents and kids nationwide – is taking on summer by addressing critical gaps in health and education that cause kids to be at risk for childhood obesity and suffer summer learning loss.
Healthy Kids Day is supported by Little Rapids Corporation, Green Bay Packaging, Shopko Foundation, Festival Foods, Schreiber, BDK, PMI Entertainment Group, Habush, Habush & Rottier (supporting 500 Bicycle Helmets for giveaway), FOX 11, Green Bay Moms, WIXX, and One Family of Care.
In addition, the Greater Green Bay YMCA is proud to host representatives from 54218, Aurora Health Care, Brown Door Kewaunee County Dental Society, Ashwaubenon Public Safety, Children’s Service Society, Cineviz, Brown County Sherrif’s Dept., Garvey Chiropractic, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Athletics, Green Bay Jugglers, Nutritionists, UW Extension Master Gardeners, Combat USA, County Rescue, Fire Safety, First Tee Golf, Festival Foods’ NuVal, Radio Disney, Tim’s Toys, Titletown Feet, Monty the Magician, Managed Health Services, Hula Hooping with Mary and more. Health Screenings and information available from the experts at St. Mary’s Hospital/Prevea Health/St. Vincent Hospital include cholesterol, digestive health, sun safety, no smoking information as well as healthy hand washing.
Nationally, Healthy Kids Day is supported by the Dodge brand.
For more information, contact Sherri Valitchka at 920.436.9561 or http://www.greenbayymca.org or ymca.net.
About the Y
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net