Healthy Kids Day: Keeping Kids’ Minds and Bodies Active

June 3rd, 2014 by Live Well Omaha Kids

Written by, Angie Frederick, Vice President for Healthy Living and Southwest Executive Director

Today, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 17 percent of children and adolescents in the United States are overweight or obese. In addition, in 2013 the percentage of Nebraska fourth grade students performing at or above the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Proficient Level was 37 percent. The percentage of Nebraska fourth grade students performing at or above the NAEP Basic Level was 71 percent, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Furthermore, when the school year ends, the physical and educational health of many kids worsens.

To kick-start physical activity and learning now and throughout the summer – a critical out-of-school time for kids – on Saturday, June 14, the National Safety Council and YMCA of Greater Omaha are celebrating Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event for kids and families. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, features a variety of activities including inflatables, Zumba®, bicycle safety checks and a bike rodeo, life-size Angry Birds and free helmets for children. Our goal is to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.

“At YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, we are focusing on health and education to ensure fewer children are at an increased risk for childhood obesity and more children succeed in school,” Angie Frederick, Vice President for Healthy Living, YMCA of Greater Omaha. “We know that during summer, research shows that kids are more likely to gain weight and fall behind academically than during the school year. Healthy Kids Day is not just a single day of fun, active play and learning – it’s a kick off to helping parents get a jump on creating a healthier summer.”

In celebration of Healthy Kids Day, the National Safety Council and YMCA of Greater Omaha offer 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.
  • 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.

The National Safety Council and YMCA of Greater Omaha’s Healthy Kids Day event takes place at Stinson Park from 11:00am-2:00pm. For more information visit .

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