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Oswego YMCA Healthy Kids Day April 2,2010

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Oswego, NY – As part of a nationwide effort to encourage kids to get moving, the Oswego YMCA will host YMCA Healthy Kids Day, the nation’s largest health day for kids and families. YMCA Healthy Kids Day is generously sponsored by Stewart’s Shops and is filled with fun, engaging and creative activities that foster healthy living, and is a part of the YMCA’s larger efforts to help more kids and families become physically active. All activities are free and open to the public.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day at the Oswego YMCA will provide resources to help educate grown-ups about making healthy choices for their families every day. This year’s theme is “Be a Super-Hero-Get Active!” featuring local community “Super Heros”. Children will have the opportunity to see what our local “Super Heros” do and how they stay healthy and fit.

“Keeping kids healthy is at the core of what the Oswego YMCA stands for,” said Deana Masuicca, Executive Director, “The word ‘exercise’ doesn’t sound very enjoyable to many people, especially kids, but getting them to move more through play that requires physical activity is the key to building healthy habits that last a lifetime. On YMCA Healthy Kids Day, both kids and grown-ups will have the opportunity to get moving, to play and to have fun.”

Experts recommend that kids engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity, including active play, each day. Studies show that kids who consistently engage in play are happier and healthier, and develop and enhance a variety of skills including motor skills, social skills, problem solving, and creativity. Kids who get 60 minutes of physical play also tend to have higher self-esteem and perform better academically.

To make more time for physical activity, the Oswego YMCA offers simple ways to put more play in kids’ day, and to get the family moving more, too!

1. Make physical activity a regular part of family playtime – the more active kids are the more likely they are to continue being physically active later in life.
2. Allow kids to have unstructured playtime. All play is not created equal – kids need different types of play, including indoor and outdoor, active and inactive.
3. Reintroduce your child to the basics of active play: play hopscotch or basketball, jump rope, or enjoy games such as Red Light, Green Light and Simon Says or Capture the Flag.
4. Limit screen time and use of electronic media to allow more time for play.

“The goal of encouraging kids to play more is to build a lifetime of love for physical activity,” said Ms. Masuicca “Play should not seem like a chore – it is an activity that is fun and brings joy, and allows a kid to just be a kid.”

The Oswego YMCA is proud to host representatives from Oswego City Fire Department, Oswego City Police Department, Novelis, U.S.Army Recruiting, C’s Farm Market, Oswego County Opportunities and Move Along Inc., who will be providing activities and workshops for children of all ages!

YMCA Healthy Kids Day is also supported nationally by Northwestern Mutual Foundation and Tropicana.
Join us, April 2, 2010 from 6-8pm at the Oswego YMCA Armory building, 265 W.1st , Oswego, NY 13126!

More than 700,000 kids and families are expected to participate in YMCA Healthy Kids Day events at nearly 1,500 YMCAs nationwide. For more information about YMCA Healthy Kids Day, call the Welcome Center at 343-1981 or visit www.oswegoymca.org.

About YMCAs: The nation’s 2,687 YMCAs serve 21 million people each year, including more than 9 million children under the age of 18. YMCAs respond to critical social needs by drawing on their collective strength as one of America’s largest not-for-profit community service organizations. Through a variety of programs and services focused on the holistic development of children and youth, family strengthening, and health and well-being for all, YMCAs unite men, women and children of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. From urban areas to small towns, YMCAs have proudly served America’s communities for nearly 160 years by building healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Visit www.ymca.net to find your local YMCA.

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