By Sharon Hilburn,
Sr. Director, Healthy Living and Member Services
With the benefits of technological advances in personal laptops, portable games, Internet, social networking and the like, a much higher percent of children are missing out on the daily physical activity that is necessary for a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle. As a result, many of these children and teens are overweight or obese. This means that our kids are at risk for developing chronic adult diseases, such as high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and type-2 diabetes.
Lifestyles that include regular physical activity and healthy eating can lower kids’ chances of becoming obese or overweight and developing chronic diseases. As a leading nonprofit strengthening community through healthy living, the Y believes that getting kids more active and allowing them to play leads to a healthier lifestyle. We know that many parents struggle to find the time and resources to incorporate physical activity and healthy habits into their kids’ daily routine. So, we are holding YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day™ to celebrate and teach good health for kids, encourage active play and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity.
On April 16, the Fort Bend Family YMCA, located at 4433 Cartwright Road in Missouri City, TX just one block north of Hwy 6 and one block east of Dulles Ave., invites families throughout the Fort Bend community to come to Healthy Kids Day from 10:00am – 2:00pm for a play date. Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids and families and is the largest event of its kind in the nation. At nearly 1,600 events across the country, the Y will provide activities and educational demonstrations on how to be more active and incorporate healthier habits at home. Participants and activities will include Tim & Company, the Healthy Cooking Chef, Sweet Tomatoes, Whole Foods, UT Physicians, Walgreens, St. Michael’s Emergency and many more health and family organizations as well as many fun, physical activities for kids.
We know it’s not always easy to make healthy choices, and that’s why Healthy Kids Day is so important. At our event families will learn that it doesn’t take extra money or resources to live healthier. All it takes is planning, commitment and spending time together. And the Y is here every day encouraging families to take part in physical activity together and throughout our facility on a regular basis. Parents working out, not only improves their health, attitude and longevity, but it sets a strong example for their kids. The Y offers regular kids fitness classes, as well as many other activities and programs to promote healthy lifestyles and social interaction.
We encourage the community to join us for Healthy Kids Day. By helping families get on track to healthier living, we can significantly improve the health and well-being of kids, one play date at a time. Visit our website at www.ymcahouston.org/fort-bend-family or contact us at 281-499-9622.