Healthy Kids Day 2018 is April 21

March 22, 2018

Keeping Kids Healthy, Active and Engaged This Summer 

Summer is a time when children can let their imaginations run wild! From creating their own theatrical plays to building forts in the backyard, there’s no limit to what kids can dream up - provided they’re properly supported.

The Y wants to ensure all kids in St. Petersburg awaken their summer imaginations through healthy eating habits and physical activity - because when a child is happy, healthy, motivated and excited something amazing is going to result.

That’s why, on April 21, 2018, from 10AM - 1PM, we’re hosting Healthy Kids Day® to help give families the tools they need to keep kids active and engaged all summer long. During this annual, nationwide event, nearly 1.2 million participants will partake in games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts and more.

Here at the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg, families and children will enjoy bounce houses, games, sports, healthy snacks, face painting, fun prizes, free family fitness demos, arts, crafts, STEM activities, a triathlon and more! PLUS enter to win a free week of Summer Camp at the Y!

In celebration of YMCA Healthy Kids Day, here are five tips to help your family 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. 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 10-12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5-12 and 7-8 hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning and other vital functions.

Get more information about Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg, including locations.