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YMCAs presenting Healthy Kids Day

4/17/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

GREATER AKRON — On April 26, over 1,500 YMCA locations across the country will take part in Healthy Kids Day®, holding free community events that are open to all children and families and filled with active play and educational opportunities.

“It’s not always easy to make healthy choices, and that’s why Healthy Kids Day is so important to families within the community. Parents and children will learn that by planning ahead and making a commitment to being active together, a healthy day can become a healthy lifestyle,” said Doug Kohl, president and CEO of the Akron Area YMCA. “Healthy Kids Day engages kids and families with a range of simple, fun and interesting activities. Our staff, along with community participants, have been planning their Healthy Kids Day events for months.”

The Akron Area YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will take place April 26 at various times and branch locations. The Akron Area YMCA also is offering a one-day membership savings of 50 percent off the start-up fee if you become a member on Healthy Kids Day. For a schedule of activities, visit www.akronymca.org/hkd or contact an Akron Area YMCA branch for details.

Akron Area YMCA Healthy Kids Day Branch locations and times:

  • Riverfront YMCA, 544 Broad Blvd., Cuyahoga Falls, 330-923-9622, 9 a.m. to noon;
  • Green YMCA, 3800 Massillon Road, 330-899-9622, 9 a.m. to noon;
  • Wadsworth YMCA, 623 School Drive, 330-334-9622, 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (open swim only);
  • University Park YMCA, 477 W. Market St., Downtown Akron, 330-434-9622, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.;
  • Lake Anna YMCA, 500 W. Hopocan Ave., Barberton, 330-745-9622, 10 a.m. to noon;
  • Firestone Park YMCA, 350 E. Wilbeth Road, South Akron, 330-724-1255, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and
  • East Akron YMCA (new location), 888 Jonathan Ave., 330-784-0408, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Akron Area YMCA also offers these Healthy Kids Day tips to help families develop healthy habits:

√ High Five the Fruits and Veggies — Make sure children 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, fun runs, bike rides, etc.

√ Volunteer Together — Find a cause that matters to the children. 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. Children can be influenced by seeing how hard their parents work at home or on the job, and how rewarding that experience is.

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