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YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day a Success in Trenton

May 22, 2016 | Community News, Community News and Media, Trenton

HKDGAFMtable-BrandinHarris age7 TrentonNJA fun afternoon was had by everyone who came out to celebrate the Trenton YMCA’s Healthy Kid’s Day on April 30. Trenton’s Healthy Kids Day event was one of 23 separate events across New Jersey. Held from 10 am – 2 pm, the event provided local residents with music, games, prizes, and plenty of health-conscious vendors who shared their knowledge with the community.

Trenton’s Healthy Kids Day encouraged kids to go outside and play.  A passport listing all participating organizations was given to every child who came to the event. After kids filled their respective passports with stamps from each table, they received a free t-shirt. At the NJPHK-Trenton table, kids received plant seedlings with Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market stickers, promoting its June 13 opening day. Along with the passport, games and a live DJ, the event also included tours of the facilities, a rock climbing wall, circus aerialists and a fire truck. Healthy Kids Day is celebrated as a nationwide initiative to improve and sustain the overall health and wellness of today’s youth.

In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the YMCA offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:

  • Eat Five Fruits and Veggies– Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development.
  • 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.
  • Lead by Example & Be a Good Role Model – kids can be influenced by seeing how hard their parents work at home or on the job, and how rewarding that experience is.

Healthy Kids Day was started in 1992 and continues to be celebrated nationwide annually. For more information about the YMCA and Healthy Kids Day, visit their website.

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