Summer is the time for kids to get up, get out and grow. But for some kids, exposure to activities that stimulate the body and mind ends with the school year. In fact, research shows that kids are prone to gain weight and fall behind in studies. For over 30 years, the Y has been celebrating kids being kids while setting them up for a summer of success during Healthy Kids Day.
This year, Healthy Kids Day will take place on Saturday, April 29th and is presented by Texas Health. Join us as we celebrate with FREE community events!
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Stop by one of our community events to celebrate Healthy Kids Day:
- The Bedford Center YMCA: April 29th from 10am-1pm
- The Benbrook Community Center YMCA: April 29th from 9am-12pm
- Hood County YMCA: April 29th from 10am-1pm
- Joshua Community YMCA: April 22nd from 11am-3pm
- William M. McDonald YMCA: April 29th from 10am-1pm
- Northpark YMCA: April 22nd from 11am-8pm *Please note: this event will take place at Keller Town Hall
- Northwest YMCA: April 29th from 10am-1pm
- Ryan Family YMCA: April 29th from 10am-1pm
- YMCA Camp Carter: April 22nd from 10am-4pm
Keeping Kids Healthy All Summer Long
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.
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.
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 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.