On Saturday, April 26, The Community YMCA is hosting a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. Hosted at the CYMCA’s Family Health & Wellness Center on Maple Avenue, the event — part of the national YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® initiative — begins with a free, healthy breakfast sponsored by The Family Dinner Project and Cheerios. The 9 am sitting is followed at 10 am by games and “field day” activities to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.
Healthy Kids Day was established in 1992 in response to the alarming statistics that indicate one in three American children as being obese, and that kids become more idle when summertime hits. Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically and gain weight twice as fast during the summer vacation than throughout the school year.