The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

April 7, 2013

Ashtabula County YMCA to hold Healthy Kids Day April 27


Star Beacon

ASHTABULA — On April 27, the Ashtabula County YMCA is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event that encourages kids in Ashtabula County to get moving and learning, and families living healthier. Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, takes place at 1,900 Ys and kick-starts healthier behaviors now and throughout the summer, a critical out-of-school time for children’s health.

Many U.S. children do not get the daily recommended hours of physical activity and reading, and daily amounts of healthy foods. According to the latest findings of the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot — a survey of parents that gauges their children’s activity levels during the school year — only 19 percent of children get 60 minutes of physical activity, only 17 percent read books for fun, and only 12 percent eat at least eight fruits and vegetables daily.

“At the Ashtabula County YMCA, we know parents struggle to keep their kids physically and intellectually active every day. We want to help ensure fewer kids are at risk of childhood obesity and more kids excel in school,” said Trevor Sprague, CEO, Ashtabula County YMCA. “YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will get kids moving and learning while also helping families get a jump on creating a healthier summer, and ultimately a healthier future.”

Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically and gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. On April 27, YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will help parents begin thinking early about what their kids need to grow and achieve all summer long.

The Ashtabula County YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at the Y located at 263 W Prospect Road in Ashtabula from noon to 2 p.m. and features fun, active play and educational activities, such as swimming, healthy snacks, fire safety, water safety, bus safety, an obstacle course, and a balloon drop.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is supported by The Medicine Shop, the Lake Area Recovery Center, Ashtabula County Children Services, the Ashtabula Fire Department, and the Community Counseling Center. The Ashtabula County Family YMCA is proud to host representatives from these and other organizations, who will be providing additional resources and activities.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is supported by national media partners Sprout and Lazy Town, who are committed to encouraging kids to lead a healthy lifestyle.

For more information, contact Annette Griffin at 997-5321 or visit www.AshtabulaYMCA.org or ymca.net.