Fulton YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day Aims to Help Kids Exercise Minds and Bodies

FULTON, New York – On April 26, the Fulton Family YMCA will be celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day with a free community event that encourages kids in the Fulton Community to get moving and learning, and families living healthier.

Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, takes place at 1,900 Ys and kick-starts healthier behaviors now and throughout the summer, a critical out-of-school time for children’s health.

Outdoor activities that take place during healthy kids day.
Outdoor activities that take place during healthy kids day.

Many U.S. children do not get the daily recommended hours of physical activity and reading, and daily amounts of healthy foods. According to the latest findings of the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot – a survey of parents that gauges their children’s activity levels during the school year – only 19 percent of children get 60 minutes of physical activity, only 17 percent read books for fun, and only 12 percent eat at least eight fruits and vegetables daily.

“At the Fulton Family YMCA we know parents struggle to keep their kids physically and intellectually active every day. We want to help ensure fewer kids are at risk of childhood obesity and more kids excel in school,” said Kim McPherson, Health and Wellness coordinator, Fulton Family YMCA. “YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will get kids moving and learning while also helping families get a jump on creating a healthier summer, and ultimately a healthier future.”

Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically and gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. On April 26, YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will help parents begin thinking early about what their kids need to grow and achieve all summer long.

The Fulton YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day event takes place at the Fulton YMCA from 6 – 8 p.m. and features fun, active play and educational activities, such as crafts, family relays, nutrition information, Bounce House Fun and more.

a representative from Cornell Cooperative Extension
A representative from Cornell Cooperative Extension sets up a display

We will also have information regarding our summer programs available.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is supported by the United Way of Greater Oswego County and Stewarts Shops. The Fulton Family YMCA is proud to host representatives from United Health Care, Tobacco Free Network, Fulton Police and Fire Department, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and others, who will be on hand during this event.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is supported by national media partners Sprout and Lazy Town, who are committed to encouraging kids to lead a healthy lifestyle.

For more information, contact the Fulton Family YMCA at 315-598-9622 or visit fultonymca.com or ymca.net