YMCA of York County’s Healthy Kids Day aims to get kids moving, learning, eating healthy

Then 4-year-old Trent Lewis of Glen Rock comes through a blow up tunnel in an obstacle course at the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day in 2010. The event encourages families to move more, foster learning and live healthier. (Daily Record/Sunday News — Jason Plotkin)

A free event April 27 at York County YMCA branches will encourage families to be more active, foster learning and live healthier.

Healthy Kids Day, a national YMCA initiative, will feature Bring on Play’s Imagination Playground, face painting, family fitness classes, an autism walk, and appearances by local fire departments, EMTs and Miss York County.

According to a news release, the YMCA holds the event because many children nationwide don’t get the recommended amounts of physical activity, reading or nutritious foods per day. According to the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot, during the school year, 19 percent of children get 60 minutes of physical activity per day, 17 percent of children read for fun per day, and 12 percent eat at least eight servings of fruits and vegetables per day.


Healthy Kids Day locations and times

– York branch: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 90 N. Newberry St., York, 717-843-7884
– Eastern branch: Noon to 2 p.m., 101 Shoe House Road, Hellam Township, 717-755-7144
– Bob Hoffman YMCA: 1 to 3 p.m., 1705 Palomino Road, Dover Township, 717-292-5622
– Southern branch, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 100 Constitution Ave., Shrewbsbury, 717-235-0446

YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot

The YMCA recently released results for its second annual Family Health Snapshot. The online survey gauges how physically and intellectually active children are during the school year and summertime.

Here are some key findings in 2012.

– When asked to rank what parents worry about most, 30 percent said they worry about their children’s financial security over health and education. In 2011, 42 percent of parents ranked financial security as the most important concern for their children. While this number decreased, financial security still ranks as the number one concern for parents.

– 21 percent of American parents ranked overall physical health as a top concern for their children, while 20 percent ranked education No. 1.

– Parents said they spend more time with their children, in general, but they also reported they could do a better job of encouraging their children to engage in physical activity and reading for fun. When asked which leisure activity they most participate in with their children, nearly 85 percent said they watch television.

– Nearly 45 percent of parents said they struggle to get their children to eat the recommended serving of eight fruits and vegetables per day.


Parents need more physical activity, better nutrition:
According to the survey, 11 percent of parents said they get the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity per day and 9 percent eat at least eight servings of fruits and vegetables per day. However, 70 percent said they are doing a better job of providing healthier meals for their kids.

About Leigh Zaleski

I'm a health features reporter for the York Daily Record/Sunday News and healthy living blogger for No Sweat, York. Contact me with story ideas at lzaleski@ydr.com, 717-771-2101 or @leighzaleski on Twitter.
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