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April 21, 2014

YMCA’s Health Kids Day to promote activity, healthy foods

Event is Saturday at Lake Reba

RICHMOND — The Telford YMCA in Richmond is partnering with several groups Saturday for the organization’s national Healthy Kids Day.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lake Reba Recreational Complex playground, according to a news release from the YMCA. It will include active play and educational activities, such as health screenings, interactive demonstrations and healthy snacks.

“One in three U.S. children is obese,” said David Wallace, Telford YMCA CEO. “This statistic, coupled with the fact that once summer hits, children will be more idle, demonstrates why it’s important to help families develop healthy habits now. As part of the Y’s commitment to healthy living, through YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day our goal is to improve the health and well-being of kids and inspire habits they can continue into adulthood.”

The YMCA’s Health Kids Day at Lake Reba is supported by Richmond Parks and Recreation, Madison Pediatrics, Whitehouse Clinic, the Pioneering Healthy Communities Initiative, Wallingford Broadcasting and also national media partners Sprout and Lazy Town.

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.

• Foster an Early and Ongoing Passion for Books – Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.

• Team Up for Athletic Events – Set a family goal of great health by teaming up for community or charity events like races, walks, fun runs, bike rides, etc.

• Volunteer Together – Find a cause that matters to the kids. Open their eyes to a world beyond themselves and the rich rewards that come from making a difference.

• Lead By Example – Be a good role model – Kids can be influenced by seeing how hard their parents work at home or on the job, and how rewarding that experience is.

For more details, call the Telford YMCA at 859-623-9356.

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