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Desert Foothills Family YMCA to hold Healthy Kids Day, April 30

4/13/16

SCOTTSDALE – The Desert Foothills Family YMCA is inviting the community to come out for Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. This free community event will inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active.

Desert Foothills Family YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. This year’s event will feature activities and giveaways geared towards fun, safety, nutrition, and healthy living. Event activities will include arts and crafts, face painting, a bounce house, food vendors, and more. Multiple community partners will be in attendance to help showcase all that the YMCA summer programs have to offer; activities will include a sand activity by world renowned pumpkin and sand sculptor Ray Villafane, a petting zoo from A Child’s Joy, and Dan’s Radical Reptile Fun.

As spring turns to summer, Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to let children idle away their summer days. The YMCA notes that 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 physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. Instead, the Y hopes to focus on wowing them with their potential and make this their best summer ever by staying active and learning. Some of those activities at the Desert Foothills Family YMCA event include healthy eating stations, interactive physical activities including the Suns Interactive Kia, and boat races at the pool. The YMCA also will have an area for families to sign a water safety pledge joining the commitment to preventing drownings.

“The Y believes in the potential of all children, and we strive to help kids find the Wow! factor inside themselves. 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,” said Katie Smetana, Executive Director of the Desert Foothills Family YMCA. 

The Desert Foothills Family YMCA will be offering a one-day only membership special on April 30, along with discounts to their summer programs with membership. Free life jackets will also be provided to anyone registering for one of their summer swim lesson offerings (while supplies last).

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at 34250 N. 60th Street, in Scottsdale – located on the Black Mountain Campus. For more information, visit www.valleyymca.org/desert-foothills.

 

In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:

High Five the Fruits and Veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development. And to keep kids’ taste buds evolving, have everyone in the family try at least one bite of a new fruit or vegetable at least once a month.
Foster an Early and Ongoing Passion for Books – Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.
Team Up for Athletic Events – Set a family goal of great health by teaming up for community or charity events like races, walks, fun runs, bike rides, etc.
Volunteer Together – Find a cause that matters to the kids. Open their eyes to a world beyond themselves and the rich rewards that come from making a difference.
Make Sleep a Priority – Doctors recommend 10-12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5-12 and 7-8 hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning and other vital functions.