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Keeping Kids Healthy, Active and Engaged This Summer

Summer is a time when children can let their imaginations run wild! From creating their own plays to building forts in the backyard, there’s no limit to what kids can dream up—provided they are properly supported. YMCA Healthy Kids Day is one more opportunity for the YMCA to help ensure families have the tools they need to help kids stay active and engaged all summer long. This annual event day is a nationwide-initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids and families. When a child is healthy, happy, motivated, and excited, amazing things are bound to happen!

The Y wants to ensure all kids in Hampton Roads awaken their summer imaginations through healthy eating habits and physical activity. Because when a child is happy, healthy, motivated, and excited something amazing is inevitably going to result. As children grow and reach their true potential, they can accomplish great things.

That’s why, on April 21, 2018 we’re hosting Healthy Kids Day®, an open house day, free and open to the public, filled with games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, bounce houses, and so much more. Some YMCAs host Healthy Kids Day to coincide with other local events. For information about your hometown Y’s Healthy Kids Day, use the selector below!


As we head into the summer, the Y wants to help awaken kids’ imaginations and help them achieve amazing things. There are no days off for a child’s developing mind and body and Healthy Kids Day is a great opportunity to educate families and engage kids to stay physically and intellectually active over the summer.

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.
  • Read Together – The summer is a great time to enjoy books with summer program participants—and 30 minutes a day goes a long way! Take trips to the local library or create a family reading challenge to see who can log the most minutes of reading. Encourage youth to create their own stories as well.
  • Get Moving! – Activities that require movement also help kids flex their mental muscle. Use materials in unique ways: ask youth to build models, manipulate tools or develop their own theatrical scenes.
  • Play Together – Play may be the best way to prevent childhood obesity. By putting more play into your family’s day, you will soon find yourself getting the activity that will have your family feeling energized and strong.
  • 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.

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.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to let children idle away their summer days but instead, focus on physical and mental play. Across the nation nearly 1.2 million participants will participate.  Delta wants to ensure that kids have their best summer ever and is a proud sponsor of Healthy Kids Day.

Some YMCA locations may host YMCA Healthy Kids Day® in cooperation with local events throughout the month of April. Visit the web page for your local YMCA to find out about their Healthy Kids Day® activities.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day is FREE and open to everyone, not just YMCA members. We are waiving the Joining Fee if you decide to join during Healthy Kids Day.

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