YMCAs across the country celebrated Healthy Kids Day, a YMCA initiative to empower families to stay healthy over the summer. Over 1,500 YMCAs and over 1.2 million participants celebrate the event every year. Every Healthy Kids Day festival is full of educational and fun activities that teach families how to stay active and learning over the summer months.
Research shows that without access to out-of-school learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. Healthy Kids Day is an event created to remind and educate families about the importance of fostering a child’s mental, physical and emotional health.
Stay tuned for information on the April 2019 GSV YMCA Healthy Kids Day Events!
How to Stay Healthy Every Summer
- 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.
- Read Together – The summer is a great time to enjoy books with summer program participants—and 30 minutes a day goes a long way! Take trips to the local library or create a family reading challenge to see who can log the most minutes of reading. Encourage youth to create their own stories as well.
- Get Moving! – Activities that require movement also help kids flex their mental muscle. Use materials in unique ways: ask youth to build models, manipulate tools or develop their own theatrical scenes.
- Play Together – Play may be the best way to prevent childhood obesity. By putting more play into your family’s day, you will soon find yourself getting the activity that will have your family feeling energized and strong.
- 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.