The YMCA of Vineland participated in the annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active throughout the summer. Healthy Kids Day is part of the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families.
The event took place at the YMCA of Vineland and featured activities such as local healthy vendors, an inflatable obstacle course, outdoor games, crafts, swimming, music, giveaways, contests, and more to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home.
“When a child is healthy, happy motivated, and excited something amazing is inevitably going to result,” says Cara Morello, Director of Administration and Operations.
In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families “charge into summer” by developing healthy habits:
- High Five the Fruits and Veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain 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.
- Foster an Early and Ongoing Passion for Books – Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.
- Team Up for Athletic Events – Set a family goal of great health by teaming up for community or charity events like races, walks, fun runs, bike rides, etc.
- Make Sleep A Priority – Doctors recommend 10-12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5-12. It plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning and other vital functions.
According to the Y’s CEO George Steinbronn, Jr.: “We believe in the potential of all children, and we strive to help kids find that potential within themselves. A child’s development is never on vacation and Healthy Kids Day is a great opportunity to educate families and motivate kids to stay active in spirit, mind, and body throughout the summer.”