Last Saturday, YMCA centers in different cities across the country celebrated National Healthy Kids Day through various activities and events. This year's theme was Put Play in Your Day.
In Santa Maria, California, YMCA organized a day filled with games and activities that promoted a fun and healthy lifestyle not only for the kids but for the entire family. There were carnival games, a climbing wall, and an inflatable obstacle course. Families who came to the YMCA were also able to take advantage of free health screenings
Volunteers were on hand to ensure the event's success, among them chiropractor Dr. Matthew Egbert and KSBY-6's Tony Cipolla, Danielle Lerner, Shari Small and Dave Hovde. All the activities were there for families to enjoy free of charge.
In Willoughby, Ohio, the West End YMCA center focused on providing children with healthy choices
. Kids were able to enjoy fun games such as kickball, relay races and Duck, Duck, Goose.
The Eastlake Fire Department brought over a fire truck and taught about fire safety. One of the popular stations during the event was one manned by exercise physiologist Vaia Gilchrist of the Lake Hospital System her mini-trampoline and stepper were big hits with the kids, especially among those between the ages of 4 through 12. Gilchrist recommends that children should have at least one hour of physical activity a day.
A nutritionist was also on hand to provide both parents and kids alike with fun facts on nutrition. The event was a first for the West End Y, as this was the first year they did the National Healthy Kids Day event in-house. Past celebrations were done as week-long activities at Willoughby-Eastlake public and parochial schools.
Across the country, similar activities were held wherever there was a Y in the area. Ideally, though, every day should be National Healthy Kids Day in the home!