YMCA to celebrate Healthy Kids Day

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Cassville YMCA will celebrate Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA facility on Highway 248 in Cassville from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 28.

"It's going to be a fun, fun day," said Dove Haney, Cassville YMCA facility manager. "There will be lots of opportunities to play and get ideas for the summer."

The celebration will offer six inflatables and bounce houses, outdoor volleyball and basketball, rock wall climbing, a one-mile fun run and a variety of other activities.

"The purpose of Healthy Kids Day is to help families find fun things and educational opportunities for kids over the summer," said Haney. "The event brings a whole bunch of resources together in one place. This is an exciting opportunity for parents to find ideas for their kids."

This year, the Cassville Branch Library, the Barry County Health Department, Emmanuel Baptist Church, the Cassville United Methodist Church, Barry Electric, Humana and other local businesses and organizations will be on hand to offer information on summer programs, safety and nutrition.

"Our children are facing a national epidemic of obesity," said Haney. "Parents are always looking for ways to keep their kids active through the summer.

"The YMCA is also concerned about children remaining academically fit through the summer, and we are excited to have the library there to offer information on their program," said Haney.

Families who attend the Healthy Kids Day celebration will also have the opportunity to watch a Zumbatonic class for kids and a martial arts demonstration.

"For more than 20 years, Healthy Kids Day has celebrated kids' health and continues to teach healthy habits for kids and families, encourage active play and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity," said Haney. "This free community event is intended to help families find fun through active play and educational opportunities and inspire them to carry that spirit of fun through their summers.

"Through Healthy Kids Day, our national initiative to improve the health and well being of kids, the Y challenges families to take on summer by addressing critical gaps in kids' health and education," added Haney. "Summer is the perfect time to make playing and learning a family goal."

Healthy Kids Day is open to all area children.

Area businesses and organization interested in participating in Healthy Kids Day are invited to offer a booth or activity during the celebration. Openings are still available for the two-hour event.

For more information, call Haney at 846-1535.

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