On Saturday, April 28th, the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is celebrating Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event for kids and families. The event is open to the public and will take place at their 1340 Martine Avenue, Scotch Plains location from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. YMCA Healthy Kids Day is filled with fun, engaging and creative activities that foster healthy living and part of the YMCA’s larger efforts to help more kids and families become physically active. More than 1,900 Ys across the country are taking part in the celebration, meant to kick start physical activity and learning throughout the summer – a critical out-of-school time for kids.
Healthy Kids Day® at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA will provide resources to help educate grown-ups about making healthy choices for their families every day. There will be activities such as open swim, gymnastics, obstacle course, sports samplers, face painting, carnival games, family games, relay races, arts and crafts, Camp Open House, healthy treats and more! 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 Fanwood-Scotch Plains 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 Shannon Frank, Director of Youth and Family Programs. “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.”
A leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y holds Healthy Kids Day to teach healthy habits and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity through active play. As part of this initiative, the Y – along with hundreds of thousands of parents and kids nationwide – is taking on summer by addressing critical gaps in health and education that cause kids to be at risk for childhood obesity and suffer summer learning loss.
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For information on membership or programs or to request a schedule of classes, please call the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA at (908) 889-8880 or visit the Y’s website at www.fanwoodscotchplainsymca.org. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. All are welcome.