Sussex County: YMCA Healthy Kids Day; Garden Tour Contest

Source: Advertiser-News
Families are invited to the Sussex County YMCA on Saturday April 30 to celebrate Healthy Kids Day, a free, fun-packed event to thwart the summer idleness slide.
From 1-4 p.m., families can compete in an obstacle course, swim, try the basketball free-throw competition, play healthy U CATCH games, and enjoy a children’s musical concert with Raymond Ayers. Children are invited to enter the Summer Y Camp Zones, with swimming and archery among the fun activities available. Healthy nutrition will be emphasized throughout the day.

The Y will give away a bicycle to one boy and one girl.

The Y encourages parents to ensure healthy habits by setting family fitness goals, serving at least five servings a day of fruits and vegetables, and making sleep a priority — children age 5 to 12 should get at least ten hours per night.
Healthy Kids Day will take place at 15 Wits End Road in Hardyston. For more information, call 973-209-9622, or visit the Y’s website at

Dirt magazine, sister publication to The Advertiser-News, was tapped as a finalist for the Association of Magazine Media Imagination Awards for coverage of its third annual Kitchen Garden Tour. The winner will be announced in May.
Sussex County gardeners of all ages who are rookies, veterans, soloists, or part of a community group are all welcome, the only rule being no hired garden help. If you know someone who deserves props for their backyard props, nominate them – or yourself – at The tour will conclude with a reception and awards ceremony from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mohawk House restaurant in Sparta on Friday June 24.
“Kitchen gardeners don’t expect a lot of back-patting — but they deserve it,” says Dirt editor Becca Tucker. “Every bite of food Kitchen gardeners grow is a bite that did not have to be shipped across the country or the world, that wasn’t sprayed with Round-up.”
“This is where the revolution starts,” agrees Vernon resident Nathan Johnson. “Taking back and reconnecting with our land, our food, our health and our communities.”

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