Wilmington, Delaware – On Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. – 2p.m., the YMCA of Delaware is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, features activities such as the Bounce House, exercise and healthy cooking demonstrations, vision screenings, healthy snacks, magic shows and mare to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home. Go to www.ymcade.org to check activities at all the Y branches in that they do differ.
“The Y is so much more than sports, swimming, gymnastics and a place for kids to hang out. We support families in their efforts to instill healthy habits at home,” said Deborah Bagatta-Bowles,Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Delaware. “We know that it can sometimes feel like a challenge, so at Healthy Kids Day, we’ll encourage kids to stay physically and intellectually active all summer long, and give families tips they can easily replicate at home. It’s free and open to the community.”
Healthy Kids Day takes place at all YMCA of Delaware branches statewide on Saturday, April 25th from lO am to 2pm. There are 2 exceptions to the time. The Central YMCA will be at the Hanby Outdoor Center from 3pm- 5pm.
There will be bus transportation from the Walnut Street branch at 2 :45 pm and will leave Hanby at 5 pm to return to the Walnut Street branch. A barbecue with healthy snacks will be served as well as face painting, a Moon Bounce House, outdoor games and more. The Bear-Grasgow branch will celebrate ·12 pm to 3 pm with Camp Casey tours, the Christiana Fire Department truck and New Castle County Police cars, a magic show, face painting, a toddler bounce and other community agencies promoting healthy lifestyles will be present.
In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:
- Try, try, repeat – There are many great tasting fruits and vegetables that many kids have never heard of, let alone tried. Grab a new fruit or vegetable and encourage everyone in the family to try at least a
- Play around town – Challenge the family to play on a different playground every week. dentify playgrounds at a variety of parks; expand definitions of playgrounds to include nature trails, a nearby stream, and a bike
- Families at play for an hour a day – From walking to gardening, or swimming to shooting hoops, make playful movement a part of your family’s To get 60 minutes of moderate activity throughout your day just add 10 minutes here and 15 minutes there.
- Foster a passion for reading – Read to and with your Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.
- 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, learning, and other vital functions.
YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at nearly 1,300 Ys across the country, aims to get more kids moving and learning, so they can keep up the habit all summer long – a critical out-of-school time for kids’ health. When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles – or gaps – that prevent them from reaching their full potential, related to hunger, water safety, learning, safe spaces to play, and health. Each year, the Y helps over 9 million youth nationwide “hop the gap” and achieve more, providing a safe to place to learn, stay healthy and build friendships.