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April 21, 2013

Healthy Kids Day offered at Y

NORMAN — On Saturday, the Cleveland County Family YMCA will celebrate YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day with a free community event that encourages children in Norman to get moving and learning.

Healthy Kids Day will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the Y, 1350 Lexington Ave., and will feature active play and educational activities. Kids and families will put together homemade first aid kits and create their own jump ropes in the craft area.

Family Zumba and yoga classes will be offered to get kids and adults moving together.

Participants will receive health information from an on-site dentist and chiropractor and take advantage of various fitness screenings available.

Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, takes place at 1,900 Ys and kick-starts healthier behaviors now and throughout the summer.

Many U.S. children do not get the daily recommended hours of physical activity and reading and daily amounts of healthy foods.

According to the latest findings of the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot — a survey of parents that gauges their children’s activity levels during the school year — only 19 percent of children get 60 minutes of physical activity, only 17 percent read books for fun and only 12 percent eat at least eight fruits and vegetables daily.

“At the Cleveland County Family YMCA, we know parents struggle to keep their kids physically and intellectually active every day. We want to help ensure fewer kids are at risk for childhood obesity and more kids excel in school,” said Traci Wells, healthy living director for Cleveland County Family YMCA. “YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will get kids moving and learning while also helping families get a jump on creating a healthier summer, and ultimately a healthier future.”

Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically and gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year.

For information about YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, visit www.ymcanorman.org or call 364-YMCA.

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