Summer is a time of active play and exploration for kids. But for some kids, exposure to activities that stimulate the spirit, mind and body ends with the school year. In fact, research shows that kids are more prone to gain weight and fall behind in studies over the summer months.
As part of the Y's commitment to strengthen community by addressing critical gaps in health and education, Healthy Kids Day encourages kids and parents to commit to keeping the spirit, mind and body active this summer.
As a leading nonprofit strengthening community through healthy living, the Y holds Healthy Kids Day each spring to teach healthy habits to kids and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity. One in three children in the United States is 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.
The YMCA's Healthy Kids Day is the nation’s largest health day for families. As part of Healthy Kids Day, the Y encourages families to make play dates every day as a simple way to become healthier, more active and connected.
The YMCA of El Paso also recommends six simple activities families can do to play together, any day.
1. Begin the Weekend with a Game Night: Play games with the kids that incorporate physical activity, such as Charades.
2. Rumba, Salsa, Disco: Turn on your favorite party music and dance! Make this activity more fun with a dance contest.
3. Unicycles, Bicycles or Tricycles: Find a new bike path or park for a fun afternoon outdoors; grab your helmets and go rollerblading or bike riding.
4. Channel Your Inner Youth: Remember playing hopscotch, jump rope, Simon Says or freeze tag as a kid? Teach your favorite childhood game to your kids and play them together.
5. Escape to the Outdoors: Visit your neighborhood park or camp out in your backyard for some outdoor fun. Get everyone moving with fun sports like soccer, basketball or baseball.
6. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah: Karaoke is fun for the whole family. So are group sing-a-longs. Search the web for some of those camp songs you sang as a kids and introduce them to a whole new generation!