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April 24, 2014

Check out the Y's Healthy Kids Day

LONDONDERRY — To kick start physical activity and learning now and throughout the summer, the YMCA of Greater Londonderry is celebrating Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 26, with a free community event for kids and families.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, features games, healthy eating demonstrations, arts and crafts, a board-breaking demo, Kona ice, camp tours, archery, bounce house, gymnastic expo, and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.

Today, according to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30 percent of adolescents and children in New Hampshire are overweight or obese. With numbers this high, it is time for communities to step in to offer solutions and resources to prevent this alarming health trend from worsening.

As the community leader in both youth development and healthy living, the YMCA of Greater Londonderry, is focused on keeping kid’s minds and bodies active and helping them stay active and engaged when the school year ends.

“At YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, we are focusing on health and education to ensure fewer children are at an increased risk for childhood obesity and more children succeed in school,” said Stacy Credit, child care director for the YMCA of Greater Londonderry, a branch of The Granite YMCA. “We know that during summer, research shows that kids are more likely to gain weight and fall behind academically than during the school year. Health Kids Day is not just a single day of fun, active play and learning, it’s a kickoff to helping parents get a jump on creating a healthier summer.”

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

High Five the Fruits and Veggies: Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development.

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