Soon it will be summer and kids will break from their usual routine. Maybe they’ll sleep in, watch some TV, play video games and enjoy dessert before bed. It may sound great, but a summer spent like this can have lasting negative effects.


Kids are less physically active and engaged in learning over the summer and research shows they gain weight two to three times faster than during the school year. In addition, kids can fall behind academically with limited access to out-of-school learning opportunities.


With this in mind, on Saturday, April 29 from 10am to 1pm the Tampa YMCA is hosting YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® – an annual, national 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.


We invite you to visit one of our nine family Ys on April 29th to join the free fun. From games, arts and crafts to healthy treats and contests, we’ll motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home. At the Y, we believe there are no days off for a child’s developing mind and body.


In celebration of Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:


  • High Five the Fruits and Veggies – Nutritionists recommend five servings a day to maintain healthy childhood development. Have everyone in the family try at least one bite of a new fruit or vegetable at least once a month.
  • Foster an Early and Ongoing Passion for Books – Read to and with your kids at every age and every stage of their development.
  • Team Up for Athletic Events – Team up for community or charity events like races, walks, bike rides, etc.
  • Volunteer Together – Open kids’ eyes to a world beyond themselves and the rich rewards that come from making a difference.
  • Make sleep a priority – Doctors recommend 10-12 hours of sleep for children ages 5-12 and 7-8 hours for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning and other vital functions.


As spring turns to summer, Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder that a child’s development is never on vacation. Hope to see you on April 29th!


See you at the Y,


Tom Looby

CEO & President


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