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Healthy Kids Day

April 24, 2021

10am – 12pm

Recipe for a Healthy Kid

 

In celebration of the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y is focusing on five “ingredients” that make a healthy child:

  • Healthy Food – Children need at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies each day for healthy development. Kids who help make their own meals and snacks are more likely to try the food, so enlist children in meal prep to encourage tasty explorations.
  • Physical Activity – From increased screen time to virtual school, studies show that children moved less in 2020 than usual. Help kids get back into physical activity routines by setting at least 60 minutes for fun games and play every day.
  • Curiosity – Children who are read to by a family member at least three times per week are almost twice as likely to score in the top 25 percent in reading compared to their peers. Encourage children to access new wonders with their own library card. Many libraries now offer curbside pick up too!
  • Laughter and Fun – It’s important to let kids be kids! Parents should make sure they are joining in the fun with their kids. Close the laptop, turn off the phone and have uninterrupted play time. These opportunities allow adults to model a love for activity while providing invaluable family bonding time.

The YMCA of South Collier’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at The YMCA of South Collier from 10am – 12pm and features fun, active play and educational activities, such as Pickleball demonstrations, gardening, bird house making, sand art and more!

 

For more information, contact Charlene Rose at (239) 394-9622 ext. 116