Courtesy Photo, YMCA

Courtesy Photo, YMCA

Kent YMCA to feature free Healthy Kids Day April 30

Event to offer activities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Kent Y will be part of the annual Healthy Kids Day hosted by the YMCA of Greater Seattle and presented by QFC on Saturday, April 30.

The free event will go from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kent Y, 10828 SE 248th St. The featured activities are:

• Get out the wiggles in our play structure

• Create your own marble art masterpiece

• Play games like foosball and ping pong

• Dance in a Zumba kids class

• Pop-a-shot or shoot around the world

• Enjoy bubbles with your own crafted wand

“At the Y, we believe in the potential of all children and each day we work to help kids find that potential within themselves,” said Courtney Whitaker, YMCA associate vice president of Youth Development. “Healthy Kids Day is a fun, free community-wide event to kick off summer and remind us all how important it is for kids to stay active physically and mentally throughout the summer.”

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2022, Healthy Kids Day is a national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, by getting more kids moving and learning, creating healthy habits that they’ll continue while they’re away from the classroom.

When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential, according to the YMCA media release. Research shows that without access to out-of-school learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than during the school year.

In celebration of Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits this summer that can have a lifetime effect:

• High five the fruits and veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings of fruits and veggies each day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend for 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 muscles. 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 and learning.

The YMCA of Greater Seattle’s Healthy Kids Day takes place April 30 at 11 YMCAs across King County.


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