Saturday, April 21st 

2:00pm to 5:00pm

Family Fun!

~ You and the Kids Don't Want to Miss This ~

~ Run Starts at 4:00pm ~


Keeping Kids Healthy, Active and Engaged This Summer

Summer is a time when children can let their imaginations run wild! From creating their own to plays to building forts in the backyard, there’s no limit to what kids can dream up—provided their properly supported. 

The Y wants to ensure all kids in Palestine, Texas 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 from 2:00p.m. to 5:00p.m., we’re hosting Healthy Kids Day®, a chance to help ensure families have the tools they need to help kids stay active and engaged all summer long. The annual event 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! 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 partake in games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts and more. Here at the Palestine YMCA families and children will participate in our "Color-Me-Fun Run", as well as, engage in multiple S.T.E.M. activities with local vendors to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home. 

“As we head into the summer, the Y wants to help awaken their imaginations and help them achieve amazing things. There are no days off for a child’s developing mind and body,” said Ryan Pence, YMCA Wellness Director, “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 

On Saturday, April 21, the Y is celebrating the Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids and families.

•    YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will include fun active play and educational activities to keep kids moving and learning, in order to maintain healthy habits and academic skills to achieve goals and reach their full potential. 
•    Nearly 1.2 million children and their families are expected to participate in YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day at more than 1,600 locations across the country. 
•    For over 25 years Healthy Kids Day has celebrated kids’ health and continues to teach healthy habits for kids and families, encourage active play and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity. 

Healthy Kids Day encourages youth and families to “Awaken Summer Imagination” and this cannot be done without proper nutrition. 
•    When children are hungry, their development suffers. They can have trouble concentrating and sleeping. 
•    To help raise awareness about this year-round epidemic and highlight the importance of good nutrition paired with enrichment, the Y and Walmart Foundation are kicking off a national call for youth artwork, coinciding with Healthy Kids Day. 
•    Children are invited to use their imaginations to depict hunger scenes from classic fairytales. Selected artwork will be used as part of a national anti-hunger campaign this summer. 

A child’s development is never on vacation and YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day serves as summer kick-off event that helps kids stay healthy and achieving all summer long. 

•    When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential. As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y is addressing critical gaps in kids’ health and education.
•    Kids are less physically active and engaged in learning during the summer months.  In fact, research shows that children gain weight two to three times faster during the summer vacation than during the school year. 
•    In addition, kids—particularly from low-income families—fall behind academically because they don’t have access to out-of-school learning opportunities. In fact, by fifth grade, low-income kids are two to three school years behind middle-income children . 


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