Healthy Kids Day®

May 3, 2012

 Play and Learn at the Y’s Healthy Kids Day®, May 12

New Castle, Pa., May 3, 2012 – On May 12, the New Castle Community YMCA is celebrating Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event for kids and families in Lawrence County. “Take on Summer” with us at the Y-Zone, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., to kick start physical activity and learning throughout the summer – a critical out-of-school time for kids.

Healthy Kids Day, a national initiative of the Y to improve the health and well-being of kids, is filled with fun, active play and educational activities that will help parents improve their kids’ lifestyles for the long term. Research shows that without access to activities that stimulate the mind and body, kids are more prone to gain weight and fall behind academically over the summer months.

 “At the New Castle Community YMCA, we know that when the school year ends, many kids lose exposure to activities that keep them moving and learning. Healthy Kids Day will help parents begin thinking early about what their kids need to stay physically and intellectually active in the summer,” said Erica Tallo, Youth & Family Director. “Summer is just around the corner and is an ideal time for kids to get out and grow so they are healthier and sharper when the next school year begins.”

We’ll encourage you to “Take on Summer” with these activities: a fun run, youth sports challenges, a homerun derby, group dancing, family obstacle course, weird science and healthy cooking demonstrations, crafts, and field games. Eye and chiropractic screenings will also be available throughout the day. Kids will earn tickets for each activity they try for chances on Y prizes: free YMCA memberships, a free week at summer or sports camp, 50% off a birthday party rental and Y bucks to cash in on any YMCA program or service. Free Y t-shirts will be distributed to kids while they last.

 The Y is committed to strengthening our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, and offers these ideas to combat brain drain and weight gain this summer:

  1. Give your kids a jump rope. It’s an awesome way to have fun and keep moving. They can go solo or get others in on the fun.
  2. Visit your local library. Explore new books you and your kids may have missed to keep your mind sharp during summer.
  3. Have a family outing at your local park to get your heart pumping before evening meals. Play ball, run or create an obstacle course by using equipment in the park. Take turns letting everyone in your family make up something and have fun!
  4. Take a walking staycation. Map out a new neighborhood or hiking trail in your area and get your family to explore on foot. It's a great way to make Saturday a healthy, active start to the weekend.
  5. Start a book series and read together each night as a family. Reading at night keeps the brain buzzing and young minds active!

 Healthy Kids Day is sponsored by Dr. David Spokane, D.M.D., M.S. Orthodontics. For more information, contact the Y at 724.658.4766 or visit www.ncymca.org.

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About the Y

At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.