Healthy Kids Day 2014

2014-06-27_AOF_15731_RGBThis Saturday, all branches of the Greater Joliet Area YMCA will celebrate Healthy Kids Day with free community open houses and health and wellness expos. In honor of Healthy Kids Day, the Y has put together an easy-to-follow list 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, bike rides and fun runs.

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.

What is Healthy Kids Day?

Healthy kids day is a YMCA initiative that’s designed to raise awareness about the importance of establishing healthy habits in kids at a young age. The goal is encourage more kids to stay moving and learning, so they can stay active all summer long—which is critical during out-of-school time.

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

As the prevalence of obesity among young children in the United States continues to rise, experts agree that children who develop healthy eating and exercise habits early in life will carry those lessons with them into adulthood. The Y’s Healthy Kids Day is designed to help parents begin thinking early about what their kids need to embrace a healthy lifestyle all summer long.

What Kind of Fun Things Happen on Healthy Kids Day?

C.W. Avery Family YMCA
15120 Wallin Drive, Plainfield, IL 60544
9 a.m.-noon

Festivities will include:

  • A health and wellness expo with nearly 40 community vendors, including the Plainfield Fire Department, Boy Scouts, Plainfield Public Library, Joliet Slammers, Help Save Pets and 95.9 The River
  • Family Zumba and a performance by the Y’s Dance Ensemble
  • Kids’ games, face painting, bounce houses, cooking demonstrations, giveaways and YMCA membership specials

Galowich Family YMCA
749 Houbolt Road, Joliet, IL 60431
9 a.m.-noon

Festivities will include:

  • A health and wellness expo with more than 30 community vendors, including the Joliet Police and Fire Departments, Joliet Slammers, Star 96.7, Girl Scouts and Joliet Township Animal Control
  • Sports, fitness and martial arts demonstrations
  • A blood drive, courtesy of the Heartland Blood Center

Kids’ games, bounce houses, giveaways and YMCA membership specialsSmith Family YMCA1350 S. Briggs Street, Joliet, IL 604331-4 p.m. Festivities will include:

  • A health and wellness expo with more than a dozen community vendors, including the Joliet Police Department, Joliet Slammers, Girl Scouts and the Will County Health Department
  • Kids’ games, exciting prizes, giveaways and YMCA membership specials

Smith Family YMCA
1350 S. Briggs Street, Joliet, IL 60433
1-4 p.m.

Festivities will include:

  • A health and wellness expo with more than a dozen community vendors, including the Joliet Police Department, Joliet Slammers, Girl Scouts and the Will County Health Department
  • Kids’ games, exciting prizes, giveaways and YMCA membership specials