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YMCA Kids Day Families to ‘Take On Summer’

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On Saturday, April 28, the YMCA of Greater St. Louis is celebrating its annual Healthy Kids Day® with free community events at all Y branches.  The events will help families learn to improve health and well-being through active play and educational opportunities.

“Healthy Kids Day has become the Y’s largest national initiative, bringing children and families together and providing the education, activities and support that encourage healthy habits in children and parents alike,” said Eric Vahey, Association Director of Health & Wellness.

“Activities on April 28 will include summer reading and learning so that Healthy Kids Day will be the kickoff to our kids’ healthiest summer yet, keeping both body and mind active and challenged through Y and other community programs,” said Vahey.

Times and locations may vary by community, with most St. Louis area Y branches hosting the free event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St. Louis area Ys will host educational opportunities on a variety of topics, including oral health, water safety, fire safety, hand cleanliness, bike checks, helmet fitting, car seat checks and proper nutrition.

With the upcoming summer season, “YMCA Splash” will help teach children how to be safer around the water and will include information on safety at the beach, in backyard pools, public pools and while boating.

In addition, Y Community Literacy, St. Louis County Library and St. Louis Public Library are collaborating to promote reading and learning throughout the summer by providing free reading instruction to kids and adults. Y Community Literacy will distribute information on Y Read and host “Literacy Jeopardy” and other games at all Y branches, while the St. Louis County Library will have representatives at the Edward Jones, Mid-County, South County, West County and Wildwood Family YMCAs.

As a leading nonprofit strengthening community through healthy living, the Y holds Healthy Kids Day to teach healthy habits to kids and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity. At a time when one in three children in the U.S. are overweight or obese (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), developing healthier  habits that include increased physical activity is more important than ever.