The Moore American

April 3, 2013

Healthy Kids Day Saturday

American Staff
The Moore American

MOORE — The Earlywine Park YMCA will celebrate Healthy Kids Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday with a free community event that encourages kids 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 Y, 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 Paul Urquhart, executive director of the Earlywine Park YMCA. “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.”

Healthy Kids Day features fun, active play and educational activities, such as moon bounce, a golf driving net, removable tattoos, water safety and many more.

For more information, call Jordan Brown at 378-0420 or visit www.ymcaokc.org.