Edited from a Press Release

Huntington, WV – On Saturday, April 30th, the Huntington YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® is the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at nearly 1,600 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. Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year.

“One in three U.S. children is obese. This statistic, coupled with the fact that once summer hits, children will be more idle, demonstrates why it’s important to help families develop healthy habits now,” said Cheryl Justice, Senior Wellness and Fitness Director at the Huntington YMCA. “As part of the Y’s commitment to healthy living, through YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day our goal is to improve the health and well-being of kids and inspire habits they can continue into adulthood.”

In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:

 High Five the Fruits and Veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings a day.

This is the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development.

 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, and fun runs. Bike rides, etc.

 Volunteer Together – Find a cause that matters to the kids. Open their eyes to a world beyond themselves and the rich rewards that come from making a difference.

 Lead By Example – Be a good role model – kids can be influenced by seeing how hard their parents work at home or on the job, and how rewarding that experience is.

The Huntington YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at the Phil Cline Family YMCA, 917 9th Street, from 10:00am to 1:00pm and features fun, active play and educational activities.

Special guest appearances will be Batman and Robin featuring their new Batmobile and Ronald

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McDonald. Exhibits and Vendors include Animal Farm/Miniature Ponies, Facial Sun Damage Screening, Dental Screening, Kids in Motion Obstacle Course, Face Painting, Seed Planting and more. Enter to win a Pottery Place Basket and more prizes.

Huntington YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is supported by, McDonalds, Huntington Fire Department, Cabell Huntington Hospital, Cabell Wayne Association of the Blind, WV Birth to Three, Dr. John Bogers, Mountain State Healthy Families, WV Maternal Office of Child and Family Health. Greater Huntington Parks and Recreation and Beverly Hills Garden Club.

For more information, contact Cheryl Justice at (304) 525-8127, ext. 33, cheryljustice@huntingtonymca.org or visit www.huntingtonymca.org.