The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

April 26, 2013

Healthy Kids Day Saturday at SportsPark


YMCA

GREENVILLE — On Saturday, April 27, the YMCA of Greenville & Hunt County is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event that encourages kids in Greenville & Hunt County to get moving and learning, and families living healthier. Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, takes place at 1,900 Ys and kick-starts healthier behaviors now and throughout the summer, a critical out-of-school time for children’s health.

Many U.S. children do not get the daily recommended hours of physical activity and reading, and daily amounts of healthy foods. According to the latest findings of the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot – a survey of parents that gauges their children’s activity levels during the school year – only 19 percent of children get 60 minutes of physical activity, only 17 percent read books for fun, and only 12 percent eat at least eight fruits and vegetables daily.

“At the YMCA of Greenville & Hunt County, we know parents struggle to keep their kids physically and intellectually active every day. We want to help ensure fewer kids are at risk of childhood obesity and more kids excel in school,” said Christa Compton, Program Director, YMCA of Greenville & Hunt County. “YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will get kids moving and learning while also helping families get a jump on creating a healthier summer, and ultimately a healthier future.”

Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically and gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. On April 27, YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will help parents begin thinking early about what their kids need to grow and achieve all summer long.

The YMCA of Greenville & Hunt County’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at the Greenville Sports Park from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and features fun, active play and educational activities, such as bounce houses, obstacle course, scavenger hunt, games, prizes, face painting & much more!!

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is supported locally by Hunt Regional Healthcare.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is supported by national media partners Sprout and Lazy Town, who are committed to encouraging kids to lead a healthy lifestyle. 

For more information, contact Christa Compton at 903-455-9622 or christac@greenvilleymca.org.