On Saturday, April 27, the YMCA of Western North Carolina is hosting three community events to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. Healthy Kids Day® is the YMCA’s annual, national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families.

Local Healthy Kids Day events will be held at the YMCA Youth Services at Beaverdam in north Asheville, Patton Park in Hendersonville, and Corpening Memorial YMCA in Marion.

Healthy Kids Day is an opportunity to ignite children’s imaginations so that they can imagine what they’ll accomplish this summer. The day-long event features activities such as games, healthy snacks, music, face painting, inflatables, community vendors and more to motivate and teach families how to develop and maintain healthy routines at home throughout the summer months.

The YMCA of WNC’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at the YMCA Youth Services at Beaverdam from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Patton Park from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Corpening Memorial YMCA from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at over 1,500 YMCA’s across the country by more than 1 million participants, works to get more kids moving and learning, creating habits that they continue all summer long.

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 learning activites, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer as 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 wants families to focus on helping children imagine what they can accomplish over the summer.

“When a child is healthy, happy, and supported, they can make great things happen,” said Melissa Wiedeman, vice president of operations for K-12 child care at the YMCA of WNC. “We believe in the potential of all children, and we strive to help kids find that potential within themselves. A child’s development is never 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.”

For more information, visit ymcawnc.org

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