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Healthy Kids Day supports local youth

This year the Tuscarawas County YMCA is partnering with the Safe Kids Coalition and combining two great community events: Healthy Kids Day and Safe Kids Day. This will be the second year the two events have joined forces to spotlight health and safety to the community.

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The Tuscarawas County YMCA will host Healthy Kids Day on April 21 from noon to 4 p.m.
 
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 are properly supported.
 
“As we head into the summer, the Y wants to help awaken their imaginations and help them achieve amazing things," fitness director Kathleen Johnson said. "There are no days off for a child’s developing mind and body.”
 
The annual event is a nationwide initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids and families. When a child is healthy, happy, motivated and excited, amazing things are bound to happen.
 
Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to let children idle away their summer days but instead focus on physical and mental play. Across the nation nearly 1.2 million participants will participate in games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, and more.
 
This year the Tuscarawas County YMCA is partnering with the Safe Kids Coalition and combining two great community events: Healthy Kids Day and Safe Kids Day. This will be the second year the two events have joined forces to spotlight health and safety to the community.
 
The event will feature inflatables, a bicycle rodeo, a story-time sing-a-long with Claire Kandle of the Dover Public Library, Tai Chi with Julie Warther, Family Yoga with YMCA instructor Sally Warner, a Bucket Interactive Band, Y Gymnastics Team demo and playtime, face painting, coloring activities, more than 20 booths of activities, and door prizes and T-shirt giveaways.
 
In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following 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, asking 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 age 5-12 and 7-8 hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining a healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning and other vital functions.
 
The Tuscarawas County YMCA is located at 600 Monroe St. in Dover.
 

Published: April 13, 2018
New Article ID: 2018180419995