It’s a Play Date: The Capital District YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day™ Gets Families Moving Through Play
Capital District Region ― Saturday, April 28, the Capital District YMCA will encourage kids and parents to visit the Y for a play date, and commit to being active every day. It’s all part of the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day™ ― the nation’s largest health day for families.
This free event offers a variety of activities from obstacle course fun at to playing Wii Sports.
As a leading non-profit strengthening community through healthy living, the Y offers Healthy Kids Day to teach healthy habits to kids and help inspire a life-time love of physical activity. At a time when one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), developing healthier habits that include increased physical activity is more important now than ever.
“We know parents struggle to find time to incorporate more active play and healthier habits into their kids’ daily routine,” notes Capital District YMCA President and CEO David Brown. “Doing so doesn’t have to require extra money or resources. It’s as simple as making a play date with your kids, with two key requirements – be active and have fun!”
As part of Healthy Kids Day, the Y encourages families to make play dates as a simple way to become healthier, more active and connected. The Capital District YMCA recommends five simple activities families can do to together:
1. Schedule a Game Night: Play games with your kids that incorporate physical activity,
such as Charades.
2. Dance, Dance: Turn on your favorite party music and dance! Make this activity more fun
with a dance contest.
3. Go Riding: Find a new bike path or park for a fun afternoon outdoors; grab your helmets
and go rollerblading or bike riding.
4. Channel Your Inner Youth: Remember playing hopscotch, jump rope, Simon Says or
freeze tag as a kid? Teach your favorite childhood game to your kid(s) and play them together.
5. Play Outside: Visit your neighborhood park or camp out in your backyard for some outdoor fun.
Get everyone moving with fun sports like soccer, basketball or baseball.
Visit your local Y for Healthy Kids Day Fun on Saturday April 28, 2012. Visit http://www.cdymca.org/about/eventscalendar.aspx for more information.