Healthy Kids Day 2018
Keeping Kids Healthy and Active
Summer is a time when children can let their imaginations run wild! From creating their own plays to building forts in the backyard, there’s no limit to what kids can dream up–provided they’re properly supported. The Y wants to ensure all kids in Black Hawk County awaken their summer imaginations through healthy eating habits and physical activity. Because when a child is happy, healthy, motivated and excited, something amazing is inevitably going to result. As children grow and reach their true potential, they can accomplish great things.
That’s why, on Saturday, April 21, we are holding a free community event to inspire kids to keep their minds and bodies active at the annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. Healthy Kids Day is an opportunity to ignite children’s imaginations so that they can imagine what they’ll accomplish this summer.
Our Healthy Kids Day main event will take place from 2 – 5 pm at our facility right off of University Avenue, but we’ll have free activities available all day long.
Check out our schedule:
|9 – 11:30 AM||
|10 – 10:45 am||
|11:30 – 1:30 pm||
|11 – 11:45 am||
|Noon – 12:45 pm||
|1 – 1:45 pm||
|2 – 5 pm||
Help us awaken summer imagination with a kick off to summer and all the fun youth programs happening at the Y.
Thank you to some of our Event Partners:
- Macaroni Kid Cedar Falls-Waterloo
- Hartman Reserve Nature Center
- Cedar Valley Art and Wine
- Grout Museum District
- Cedar Valley Readers
- Backyard Ninja Kids
- Natural Grocers
- Green Iowa AmeriCorps
- Dean of Juggling
- Northeast Iowa Food Bank
Tips to Help Families Develop Healthy Habits
- High Five the Fruits and Veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain 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.
- Read Together – 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.
- Get Moving! – 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 Together – 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