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Following a year of social distancing, virtual school, mask wearing, and endless hours of screen time, the Family YMCA of Fayette County is hosting its annual Healthy Kids Day® on Saturday, May 1, encouraging families to take a moment to help kids be kids.
The Y aims to provide a carefree day for children, celebrating what makes a kid, a healthy kid. The three-hour event will feature activities such as obstacle courses, finger painting, and much more to motivate and teach families how to develop and maintain healthy routines at home.
“As adults, we know that 2020 was difficult on so many levels—it’s important to remind ourselves that as much as we try to protect our kids from worry, they faced many of those same difficulties. As communities continue to reopen, the Y is here for families, helping kids recover both physically and mentally from a stress-filled year,” says Michelle Alstat, Director of Mission Advancement for the Family YMCA of Fayette County. “We believe in the potential of all children, and we strive to help kids find that potential within themselves. When a child is healthy, happy and supported, they can make great things happen.”
Healthy Kids Day, now in its 29th year, is the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. The Y hopes to use the day to get more kids moving and learning, creating healthy habits they can continue while they’re away from the classroom. 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. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. Following a year filled with numerous changes and uncertainty, Healthy Kids Day is a reminder to families that we can help ensure all children have access to the key ingredients to reach their full potential, even during out-of-school time.
The Family YMCA of Fayette County’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at The Y from 9 am – 12 pm and features fun, active play and educational activities.
For more information, contact The Y at 618-283-1258 or visit www.fayetteymca.com.