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Kids learn healthy activities through play

Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 9:59 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – On Saturday, April 27, the Kishwaukee Family YMCA is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day with a free community event to encourage kids to get moving and learning, and families to live 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.

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 Kishwaukee 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 Lesley Feyerherm, youth development director at the Kishwaukee Family YMCA.

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. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will help parents think about what their kids need to grow and achieve all summer.

The Kishwaukee Family YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at 2500 W. Bethany Road in Sycamore from 8 a.m. to noon and features games for families, bounce houses, a police dog demonstration, face painting and a Bike Rodeo where kids can ride through safety town to learn the rules of the road. DeKalb police will be on site to issue bicycle licenses.

For more information, call 815-756-9577 or visit www.kishymca.org.

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