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It's a play date: YMCA aims to get families healthy

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Published on March 08, 2011 with No Comments

On March 12, the Hobart Family YMCA is encouraging all children and parents in Hobart to come to the Y for a play date and commit to being active every day. It is all part of the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day – the nation’s largest health day for families. The free event will take place at the Hobart Y from 10 a.m. until noon and will feature activities such as swimming and water games, face painting and tattoos, a jump house, children’s games, and refreshments.

As a leading not-for-profit strengthening community through healthy living, the Y holds Healthy Kids Day to teach healthy habits to children and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity. At a time when one in three children in the United States are 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.

“At the Hobart Y we know that parents struggle to find the time to incorporate more active play and healthier habits into their kids’ daily routine,” Sharon Tarry, senior program director at the Hobart Family YMCA, said.

“Doing so doesn’t have to require extra money or resources. It’s as simple as making a play date with your kids, with two key requirements – be active and have fun!”

As part of Healthy Kids Day, the Y encourages families to make play dates everyday as a simple way to become healthier, more active and connected. The Hobart Y recommends five simple activities families can do to play together:

Schedule a game night: Play games with the children that incorporate physical activity, such as charades.

Dance, dance: Turn on your favorite party music and dance. Make this activity more fun with a dance contest.

Go riding: Find a new bike path or a park for a fun afternoon outdoors. Grab your helmets and go rollerblading or bike riding.

Channel your inner youth: Remember playing hopscotch, jump rope, Simon says or freeze tag as a child? Teach your favorite childhood game to your children and play them together.

Play outside: 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.

Healthy Kids Day will be celebrated at nearly 1,600 YMCAs across the country, with more than 700,000 families expected to attend this year.

Healthy Kids Day is supported by Strack & Van Til Mega Mart, Pepsi Cola General Bottlers, and the Hobart Kiwanis Club. In addition, the Hobart Y is proud to host representatives from American Red Cross; American Heart Association; the American Cancer Society; Miller’s Merry Manor; North Shore Health Center; St. Mary Medical Center; Accurate Hearing Aid Services; Lewyckyj-Taglia-Felton Eye Clinic; East Wind Acupuncture; Community Health Center; Ridgewood Dental; Children’s Dental Clinic; Accord Chiropractic; Olson Chiropractic; and Broadway Plaza Pain Relief Center. These organizations will be conducting health screenings, taking blood pressure readings, hearing exams, eye tests and chiropractic screens as well as spinal massages.

Hobart and Merrillville fire departments will be there and will hold a simulation fire drill. The Hobart Kiwanis Club and Hobart Police Department will also be providing children with Kid-identification cards and finger printing. Several costume characters will be present to greet the boys and girls.

Nationally, Healthy Kids Day is supported by the Dodge brand, PepsiCo and Sam’s Club. The Hobart YMCA facility is located at 601 West 40th Place. For more information, contact the Hobart Family YMCA at 219-942-2183, or visit www.hobartymca.org.

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