BRINGING OUT THE WOW! FACTOR FOR LOCAL KIDS
Granite YMCA to Host Free Healthy Kids Day
Manchester, NH— (April 10, 2016) As part of its daily mission to inspire and support health and wellness among area kids, The Granite YMCA is hosting a number of free, community events April 30 – May 1.
“Healthy Kids Day is an important tradition at The Granite YMCA,” said Hal Jordan, President and CEO of The Granite YMCA. “And this year marks the 25th annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families.” Mr. Jordan added that all five of The Granite YMCA’s branches are participating in this event, which features activities such as games, healthy demonstrations, arts and crafts. “It’s a fun day for the whole family,” Mr. Jordan said. “It’s also designed to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home.
YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at over 1,300 Ys across the country by over 1.2 million participants, works to get more kids moving and learning, creating habits that they continue all summer long, which is a critical time for kids’ health. When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. As spring turns to summer, Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to let children idle away their summer days. Instead, the Y hopes to focus on wowing them with their potential and make this their best summer ever by staying active and learning.
“We believe in the potential of all children, and we strive to help kids find the Wow! Factor inside themselves,” said Mr. Jordan “A child’s development should never go on vacation and Healthy Kids Day is a great opportunity to educate families and motivate kids to stay active in spirit, mind, and body throughout the summer.”
Granite YMCA Healthy Kids Day sites include:
The YMCA of Strafford County’s (Rochester) Healthy Kids Day takes place on Saturday, April 30 at 35 Industrial Way, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. For more information, please contact Doug Currier, Branch Director at [email protected] or call 603.332.7334.
The YMCA of Greater Londonderry’s Healthy Kids Day takes place on Saturday, April 30 at 206 Rockingham Road, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more information, please contact Lisa Fitzgerald, Branch Director at [email protected] or call 603.437.9622.
The YMCA of the Seacoast’s (Portsmouth) Healthy Kids Day takes place on Saturday, April 30 at 550 Peverly Hill Road, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. For more information, please contact Bobbi Williams, Branch Director at [email protected] or call 603.431.2334.
The YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown’s Healthy Kids Day takes place on Sunday, May 1 at 116 Goffstown Back Road, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. For more information, please contact Bob McKenney, Branch Director at [email protected] or call 603.497.4663.
The YMCA of Downtown Manchester’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at their 116 Goffstown Back Road Allard Center branch location, Sunday May 1 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. For more information, please contact the YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown at 603.497.4663.
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. And to keep kids’ taste buds evolving, have everyone in the family try at least one bite of a new fruit or vegetable at least once a month.
· Foster an Early and Ongoing Passion for Books – Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.
· Team Up for Athletic Events – Set a family goal of great health by teaming up for community or charity events like races, walks, fun runs, bike rides, etc.
· Volunteer Together – Find a cause that matters to the kids. Open their eyes to a world beyond themselves and the rich rewards that come from making a difference.
· Make sleep a priority – Doctors recommend 10-12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5-12 and 7-8 hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning, and other vital functions.
“Healthy Kids Day is free and open to the community and each of our branches will have a broad range of fun and engaging activities for participants to enjoy.” Mr. Jordan said.
About The Granite YMCA
As one of the state’s longest standing and most enduring non-profits, The Granite YMCA focuses on youth development, healthy living, social responsibility, and family strengthening. Across the state, its six branches engage 30,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to improve their health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. In 2015, The Granite YMCA provided financial assistance and free services valued at $1.55 million to 19,488 individuals. www.graniteymca.org.
Christopher R. Dugan
Marketing and Membership
The Granite YMCA
603-782-2815 – phone
603-792-0011 – fax