Fulton YMCA Hosts Healthy Kids Day

By Mikayla Kemp
FULTON, NY – The Fulton YMCA held its annual Healthy Kids Day on April 24.

The event offered family fun activities, snacks, entertainment and information regarding health and wellness for families.

The Fulton Fire Department allowed children to tour the fire truck.
The Fulton Fire Department allowed children to tour the fire truck.

Family director at the YMCA, Amy Leotta, explained that Healthy Kids Day is a national event for all YMCA’s across the country during the weekend of April 24-26.

The overall intention of the event is to “promote better health and wellness for families,” Leotta explained.

Parents and children alike found the event to be fun and informational.

Parent Susan Goutermout liked that the event was “something free, to get the kids out of the house and having fun.”

“There’s really good insurance information and I liked the information about how much sugar is in certain drinks for the kids,” she added.

Her daughter, Cassandra Goutermout, was looking forward to the games and the snacks.

Free caricatures were done by Carrie Goldsworthy.
Free caricatures were done by Carrie Goldsworthy.

She also signed up for a Fulton Family YMCA 5k race, Loop Around the Lake, taking place in August.

Healthy Kids Day was a free event for all of the Fulton community, both members and non-members of the YMCA.

Leotta, the staff and volunteers organized and worked a variety of activities for the families in attendance.

Attendees were able to do relay races, enter in a door prize drawing, get a caricature made by Carrie Goldsworthy, get their face painted by Jennah Lamb, enjoy a free massage by Tiffany D’Alonzo, plant a flower they can keep, partake in some fitness activities in the gymnasium, make a craft, participate in Operation Safe Child and go on a fire truck provided by Fulton Fire Department.

There were a variety of stands set up promoting health and wellness for families to view. Included in the event were Oswego Health, Oswego County Opportunities, Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts, Fidelis Care and Irish Dancing.

Irish dancers taught at the Fulton YMCA did a performance for the guests of the event.

Musical performers and a DJ were also available in the gymnasium.

Irish dancers, taught at the YMCA, perform for Healthy Kids Day guests.
Irish dancers, taught at the YMCA, perform for Healthy Kids Day guests.

Kids and parents were also able to have snacks and drinks while they browsed the event. Dunkin Donuts provided coffee cake, bagels, and coffee. There were also individual bags of pretzels, graham crackers, and cereal available with bottled water.

Deputy Ilaridi was available for children to participate in Operation Safe Child.

This program allows children to get an ID card with their information, picture and fingerprint.

The child’s fingerprints and ID card will stay in the system with the NYS DCJS.

“It helps in the case that a child were to come up missing or lost,” said Deputy Ilardi.

30 children entered the system at Healthy Kids Day.

Although this was the first year Leotta directed the event, she has been present at the event in previous years and said the turnout was much better this year than last.