Keeping kids healthy all year long

Friday, April 26, 2019

The Y is celebrating Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10am to 1pm at the Dale Turner Y, 192nd and Aurora Ave N.

In celebration of the Y’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits that can have a lifetime effect:
  • High Five the Fruits and Veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings of fruits and veggies each day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend for 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 to 12 hours of sleep a day for children ages five through 12 and seven to eight hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, and learning.
For more information, visit YMCA Healthy Kids Day 



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