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YMCA encourages exercise with Healthy Kids Day

The Alexandria Area YMCA will hold a free community event, Healthy Kids Day, on Friday, April 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Alexandria Y.

Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being. It features games and activities, arts and crafts and open swimming. It will also feature the chance to connect with local health professionals.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at nearly 1,600 Ys across the country, aims to get more kids moving and learning, to keep their minds and bodies active, so they can keep up the habit all summer long.

Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer.

“One in three U.S. children is obese. 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,” said Kali Beckman, Alexandria Area YMCA health and wellness director.

In celebration of 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 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 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 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.

For more information, contact Kali Beckman at (320) 834 9622 or