NJToday.net - Healthy Kids Day® Promotes Active Play & Educational Activities
PERTH AMBOY – On April 28, the Raritan Bay Area YMCA is celebrating Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event for kids and families in Perth Amboy and surrounding communities. 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.
The Raritan Bay Area YMCA’s event will take place at 357 New Brunswick Avenue, Perth Amboy from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and will feature activities such as family group exercise classes, youth sports competitions, elementary school swim meet and more.
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. This year the Y has partnered with many organizations, including former Nets player Darryl Dawkins, guest of HealthFirst; Raritan Bay Medical Center; the United Way of Central Jersey; the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities – Allianza, the Middlesex County Office of Health Services; ParamCare Foundation, and many others, that support the growth of a healthy family.
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.
“This program not only encourages our kids to stay active during their summer vacation, it also teaches them how to improve their health for the future,” said Freeholder H. James Polos, chairperson of the county’s Public Safety and Health Committee, who added that by working collectively with the County’s public health partners in raising awareness and promoting healthy behaviors, the county is encouraging residents to “Eat Right – Move Right”.
“At the Y 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 Steve Jobin, President & CEO of the Raritan Bay 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.”