Healthy Kids Day 2016
On Saturday, April 30, the Y is celebrated the 25th annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids and families.
- YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day included fun active play and educational activities to keep kids moving and learning, in order to maintain healthy habits and academic skills to achieve goals and reach their full potential, or Wow! factor.
- Nearly 1.2 million children and their families participated in YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day at more than 1,300 locations across the country.
- For 25 years Healthy Kids Day has celebrated kids’ health and continues to teach healthy habits for kids and families, encourage active play and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity.
A child’s development is never on vacation and YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day serves as kick-off event for sustained initiative that helps kids stay healthy and achieving all summer long.
- When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential. As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y is addressing critical gaps in kids’ health and education.
- Kids are less physically active and engaged in learning during the summer months. In fact, research shows that children gain weight two to three times faster during the summer vacation than during the school year.
- In addition, kids—particularly from low-income families—fall behind academically because they don’t have access to out-of-school learning opportunities. In fact, by fifth grade, low-income kids are two to three school years behind middle-income children.
For 25 years, the Y has supported families in their efforts to teach healthy habits and keep kids active and learning, preparing them for a brighter future. It’s part of the Y’s promise to strengthen communities.
 von Hippel, P.T., Powell, B., Downey, D.B., & Rowland, N., American Journal of Public Health, “The effect of school on overweight in childhood: Gains in children’s body mass index during the school year and during summer vacation”, April 2007
 Horizons National, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahhj3wxxkdM&feature=player_embedded