Family YMCA of Fayette County’s Healthy Kids Day is this Saturday

This Saturday, the Family YMCA of Fayette County is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active at the annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families.
The morning event features activities such as games, healthy living education, arts and crafts, and exercise on the inflatables to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home.
The Family YMCA of Fayette County’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at the YMCA on Rock Island Avenue from 9 a.m.-noon and features fun, active play and educational activities, such as education wheels/ seed planting, 5,4,3,2,1 Go!, dental exams/cleaning, brain balancing/spinal screenings, balloon art, art activities, inflatables, Internet safety, Crafts, Peanut Butter Jelly Time!, dice games, mural painting and free give-aways. The first 150 youth will receive a cinch bag filled with goodies (Edward Jones color-changing water bottles and Y keychain with ear buds) and the first 75 will receive a free Y basketball. Each child will receive a punch card that identifies five stations to participate; completion of all five events will enter participants into the grand prize drawing to win one of the following: one-year family membership to YMCA, Vandalia Swimming Pool family pool pass, outdoor basketball hoop and bicycles. Mayor Ricky Gottman is confirmed to attend the event, as well.
All kids deserve the best summer ever, and Delta is proud to be the national sponsor of Healthy Kids Day, which kicks off a healthy, active and engaged summer for kids throughout the country. Locally, Healthy Kids Day is a collaboration with the following: Smile Illinois, Vandalia’s Little Community Garden, Evans Public Library, University of Illinois Extension, 4H Development, Marcoot Creamery, Solan Chiropractic, Kaskaskia College, Central Illinois Public Transit, Fayette County Health Department, Fayette County Hospital, Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison, Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith, Vandalia Police & Fire Departments, Soroptimist International of Vandalia, ROE #3 Early Childhood and Teen Parent Advocates, Summer Lunch Program, Vandalia Park District/Swimming Pool, Head Start, CEFS Outreach, Vandalia Mural Committee, Air Evac, Lighthouse Pregnancy & Health Services and Subway. Wal-Mart for donate a bicycle, Edward Jones donated water bottles, Vandalia Correctional Center is allowing use of its tent and Fayette County Real Estate is supporting the event with a financial donation.
YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at more than 1,600 Y’s across the country by more than 1.2 million participants, works to get more kids moving and learning, creating habits that they continue all summer long. When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential.
Research shows that without access to out-of-school learning activities, kids fall behind academically – this summer learning loss is more pronounced among students from low-income families. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year.
As spring turns to summer, Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to let children idle away their summer days. Instead, the Y wants families to focus on “charging” kids up with enthusiasm for themselves and their potential.
“When a child is healthy, happy, motivated, and excited something amazing is inevitably going to result,” Amber Daulbaugh, program director at the Family YMCA of Fayette County, said.
“We believe in the potential of all children, and we strive to help kids find that potential within them. A child’s development is never on vacation and Healthy Kids Day is a great opportunity to educate families and motivate kids to stay active in spirit, mind and body throughout the summer,” Daulbaugh said.
For more information, contact the Family YMCA of Fayette County at 283-1258.

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