YMCA Healthy Kids Days on April 30th | YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka

YMCA Healthy Kids Day

May 1st, 2017 by Rob Armstrong

YMCA Healthy Kids Dayth!

YMCA Healthy Kids Day is a national day dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of kids across Canada. On Sunday, April 30th participating YMCAs opened their doors even wider, encouraging families to discover how simple and fun healthy living can be with the YMCA as their partner.

The majority of children and youth in Canada are not getting adequate access to opportunities for active recreation and healthy living. In 2015 YMCA Canada released a Healthy Kids Report, which unveiled that parents are finding it difficult to set a healthy example for their children, with 85 per cent stating that it takes effort to be a healthy role model. Nationally, 35 per cent of parents do not think their 6-12 year old is getting enough physical activity per week. Only 7% of Canadian children and youth are meeting Canada’s guidelines of 60 minutes of physical activity a day (Source: 2013 Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card). Rising rates of obesity and related chronic disease tell us that getting kids healthy should be a top priority.

To encourage families to get out and be active, the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka joined YMCAs across Canada to celebrate YMCA Healthy Kids Day. This free event offered open swim and gym for all ages while providing families with simple tips and resources on how to live a healthier and more active life.

The YMCA believes healthy kids are the foundation of healthy communities and gives children and youth, no matter what their financial situation, the support they need to learn, play and grow in a safe and nurturing environment. That’s why we offer programming and advocate year round for the healthy growth of children and youth in our community. As the school year comes to an end, it is the perfect time to enroll children in activities to avoid summer learning loss and help them develop new skills, improve their overall health and make new friends. The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka offers Youth Leadership, Day Camps, and Overnight Camps that provide fun, and developmentally appropriate experiences for children and teens of all ages.

We believe that everyone deserves the chance to grow and flourish in spirit, mind, and body. With the right support and opportunities, everyone can.

 

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