On April 28, the Rathbun Lake Area YMCA is celebrating Healthy Kids Day with a free community event for kids and families in Appanoose County. More than 1,900 Ys across the country are taking part in the celebration, meant to kick start physical activity and learning throughout the summer — a critical out-of-school time for kids.

Healthy Kids Day, a national initiative of the Y to improve the health and well-being of kids, is filled with fun, active play and educational activities that will help parents improve their kids’ lifestyles for the long term. Research shows that without access to activities that stimulate the mind and body, kids are more prone to gain weight and fall behind academically over the summer months.

“At the YMCA, we know that when the school year ends, many kids lose exposure to activities that keep them moving and learning. Healthy Kids Day will help parents begin thinking early about what their kids need to stay physically and intellectually active in the summer,” said Randy Groff, executive director, Rathbun Lake Area YMCA. “Summer is just around the corner and is an ideal time for kids to get out and grow so they are healthier and sharper when the next school year begins.”

The YMCA and Family Alliance’s event will take place at Rathbun Lake Area YMCA from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and will feature activities such as healthy games and activities, healthy food and cooking demonstrations, face painting and more. Mayor Jim Senior will be attending the event in the support of healthy lifestyles in our community.

A leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y holds Healthy Kids Day to teach healthy habits and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity through active play. As part of this initiative, the Y — along with hundreds of thousands of parents and kids nationwide — is taking on summer by addressing critical gaps in health and education that cause kids to be at risk for childhood obesity and suffer summer learning loss.

Healthy Kids Day is supported by Mercy Medical Center, Subway and Family Alliance.

In addition, the YMCA is proud to host representatives from Kid’s World, Americorp, Centerville Fire Department, Centerville Police Department, Mercy Medical Center,Rathbun Recycle, and Children and Families of Iowa, who will be offering healthy events with food demonstrations, exercise activities, educational opportunities and more.  

Nationally, Healthy Kids Day is supported by the Dodge brand.   

For more information, contact Rathbun Lake Area YMCA at 437-1977 or visit www.rathbunlakeymca.com.

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children — regardless of age, income or background — to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

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