Thousands of active, smiling kids came together thanks to the Tampa Y, which hosted a free community event on Saturday, April 26th. More than 2,000 children, teens and adults got moving and learning together for Healthy Kids Day® at Curtis Hixon Park.
Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to help families get a jump on creating a healthier summer, which is a critical out-of-school time for children’s health. Research shows 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. Healthy Kids Day helped parents start thinking early about what their kids need to grow and achieve all summer long.
From obstacle course fun to a climbing wall and sports…kids got to try a variety of fun activities. Families also sampled fresh fruits and healthy snacks. The annual mascot dance-off, featuring a dozen beloved mascots including Y Guy and Y Girl, proved to be a crowd favorite once again. This year, reigning champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Captain Fear kept his crown for the second year in a row.
The Tampa Y wants to thank the following community partners, which helped educate families on how to lead healthier lives at the free event:
Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine
Prestige Health Choice
Cutline: During the Y’s Healthy Kids Day, children of all ages participated in a variety of fun activities, like face painting.