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TREASURE COAST -- On Saturday, April 27, the YMCA of the Treasure Coast is celebrating YMCA's Healthy Kids Day with a free community event that encourages kids on the Treasure Coast to get moving and learning, and families living healthier.
Healthy Kids Day, the Y's national initiative to improve families' health and well-being, takes place at 1,900 Ys and kick-starts healthier behaviors now and throughout the summer, a critical out-of-school time for children's health.
Healthy Kids Day will take place at two Treasure Coast locations: the Stuart branch on Monterey Road and the YMCA Program Center on Bayshore Boulevard in Port St. Lucie. The events will be held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and will feature fun and active play activities, such as dance demonstrations, bounce houses, arts and crafts and many local kid-related informational vendors.
Many children do not get the daily recommended hours of physical activity and reading, and daily amounts of healthy foods in the United States. According to the latest findings of the YMCA's Family Health Snapshot - a survey of parents that gauges their children's activity levels during the school year - only 19 percent of children get 60 minutes of physical activity, only 17 percent read books for fun, and only 12 percent eat at least eight fruits and vegetables daily.
"At the YMCA of the Treasure Coast we know parents struggle to keep their kids physically and intellectually active every day. We want to help ensure fewer kids are at risk of childhood obesity and more kids excel in school," said Elisha Stoecklin, senior program director for the YMCA of the Treasure Coast. "YMCA's Healthy Kids Day will get kids moving and learning while also helping families get a jump on creating a healthier summer, and ultimately a healthier future."
Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically and gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year.
On April 27, YMCA's Healthy Kids Day will help parents begin thinking early about what their kids need in order to grow and achieve all summer long.
YMCA's Healthy Kids Day is supported locally by Seacoast National Bank. Nationally, the event is supported by media partners Sprout and Lazy Town, who are committed to encouraging kids to lead a healthy lifestyle.
For a complete listing of activities at the two YMCA locations, visit www.ymcatreasurecoast.org or call (772) 286-4444.