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Oswego Y’s Healthy Kids Day Aims to Help Kids Exercise Minds and Bodies

OSWEGO, NY – On April 26, the Oswego Y is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day with a free community event that encourages kids in Oswego 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.

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 Oswego Y 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 Jackie Sheffield, associate director, Oswego 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 Oswego Y’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at Y Armory from 6-8 p.m. and features fun, active play and educational activities.

New this year is the Oswego Y Cardboard Challenge, get together with your friends and use your imagination and create something out of giant cardboard boxes! Activities are planned to get a Jump on Summer, Oswego Y Day Camp at Camp Hollis as well as Camp Hollis will be there with registration open.

Y T-ball, gymnastics and tumbling, Parkour and swim lessons summer registration will open as well.

Also joining the Oswego Y Healthy Kids Day will be the Oswego Children’s Theater, Oswego Yacht Club, Mother Earth Baby, Oswego Farm Bureau, Mother Earth Baby, Boy Scout Troop #888, Oswego County-City Youth Bureau, United Healthcare, Silver Knights Soccer, Children’s Board of Oswego, Image Step Team SUNY Oswego and C’s Farm Market.

Join us at 5:45 p.m. in front of the Y Armory for Oswego Y Healthy Kids Day 2K walk around the bridges!

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 Sheffield at 315-342-6082 or visit www.oswegoymca.org

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.