YMCA Healthy Kids® Day

YMCA Healthy Kids Day®

In late April, we are celebrating Healthy Kids Day®, a free community event that will help families find fun through active play and educational opportunities to improve health and well-being.

Kids and Parents: You're invited

At the YMCA of Greater Syracuse, Healthy Kids Day is so big we couldn't actually fit it in one day. Each of our branches has planned a unique event:

  • The Fulton Family YMCA: 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2016
  • The Northwest Area Family YMCA, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16
  • The East Area Family YMCA: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17, 2016

The "why" behind Healthy Kids Day

Summer is the time for kids to get up, get out and grow, but sometimes when the school year ends, so does a child’s exposure to activities that keep the body and mind active.

  • Kids are less physically active and engaged in learning during the summer months. In fact, research shows that children gain weight two to three times faster during the summer vacation than during the school year.
  • Kids, particularly from low-income families, fall behind academically because they don’t have access to out-of-school learning opportunities. In fact, by fifth grade, low-income kids are two to three school years behind middle-income children.

As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y is addressing critical gaps in kids’ health and education.

For more than 20 years, Healthy Kids Day has celebrated kids’ health and continues to teach healthy habits for kids and families, encourage active play, and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity. You're invited to join the fun!