Northshore YMCA awakens summer imagination

The Annual Healthy Kids Day encourages kids to stay and keep learning all summer long.

  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018 12:30pm
  • Life

On April 21, the Northshore YMCA in Bothell 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.

Healthy Kids Day is an opportunity to ignite children’s imaginations so that they can imagine what they’ll accomplish this summer. The day-long event features activities such as: healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, fun games, free cycle helmet with fittings (for the first 100 kids) and program demonstration to motivate and teach families how to develop and maintain healthy routines at home throughout the summer months.

Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at over 1,500 Y’s across the country by over 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. 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 helping children imagine what they can accomplish over the summer.

“When a child is healthy, happy, and supported they can make great things happen,” said Cynthia Klever, executive director of the Northshore YMCA in a press release. “We believe in the potential of all children, and we strive to help kids find that potential within 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.”

Northshore YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at 11811 NE 195th St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features fun, active play and educational activities.

Healthy Kids Day encourages youth and families to awaken summer imagination and this cannot be done without proper nutrition. Walmart Foundation is proud to sponsor Healthy Kids Day to raise awareness about the importance of food security and nutrition for youth and families.

For more information, visit www.seattleymca.org/healthykidsday.

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