RECIPE FOR A HEALTHY KID AVAILABLE AT HEALTHY KIDS DAY
Healthy Kids Day provides all the ingredients for developing healthy, resilient kids. Join us at the Y for a day full of fun activities that celebrate kids being kids!
Healthy Kids Day Events
YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown
Sunday, May 23 from 1:00 - 3:00pm
Camp Halfmoon @ 116 Goffstown Back Rd, Goffstown, NH
All are welcome to attend this FREE outdoor socially distanced event! Registration is REQUIRED and begins on May 10 for members and May 17 for non-members. Register for one of two time slots:
Activities will include a scavenger hunt, book fair, sports, games, music, dancing, crafts, water safety activities, family wellness, and so much more. Please note that this event will be held outdoors and there is no rain date. Questions? Please call the Welcome Center at 603.497.4663.
YMCA of Strafford County
Saturday, June 5 from 11:00 am - 2:00pm
Camp Coney Pine @ 63 Lowell St, Rochester, NH
This outdoor event is open to both members and non-members! Activities will include sports, games, arts, crafts, and so much more. Please note that there is no rain date for this event. Questions? Please call the Welcome Center at 603.332.7334. This event is sponsored by our friends at Granite State College.
YMCA of the Seacoast
Saturday, June 12 from 12:00 - 3:00 pm
550 Peverly Hill Rd, Portsmouth, NH
This outdoor event is open to both members and non-members! Activities will include sports, games, arts, crafts, and so much more. Please note that there is no rain date for this event. Questions? Please call the Welcome Center at 603.431.2334.
Following a year of social distancing, virtual school, mask wearing and endless hours of screen time, The Granite YMCA is excited to bring back our annual Healthy Kids Day®, encouraging families to take a moment to help kids be kids. While these in-person events will feature physically distanced activities and be in accordance with CDC and state/local recommendations, the Y aims to provide a carefree day for children, celebrating what makes a kid, a healthy kid.
“As adults, we know that 2020 was difficult on so many levels—it’s important to remind ourselves that as much as we try to protect our kids from worry, they faced many of those same difficulties. As communities continue to reopen, the Y is here for families, helping kids recover both physically and mentally from a stress-filled year,” says Anna-Lise LeBlanc, Associate Executive Director of the YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown. “We believe in the potential of all children, and we strive to help kids find that potential within themselves. When a child is healthy, happy and supported, they can make great things happen.”
Healthy Kids Day, now in its 29th year, is the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. The Y hopes to use the day to get more kids moving and learning, creating healthy habits they can continue while they’re away from the classroom. 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 activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. Following a year filled with numerous changes and uncertainty, Healthy Kids Day is a reminder to families that we can help ensure all children have access to the key ingredients to reach their full potential, even during out-of-school time.
Recipe for a Healthy Kid
In celebration of the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y is focusing on five “ingredients” that make a healthy child:
- Healthy Food – Children need at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies each day for healthy development. Kids who help make their own meals and snacks are more likely to try the food, so enlist children in meal prep to encourage tasty explorations.
- Physical Activity – From increased screen time to virtual school, studies show that children moved less in 2020 than usual. Help kids get back into physical activity routines by setting at least 60 minutes for fun games and play every day.
- Curiosity – Children who are read to by a family member at least three times per week are almost twice as likely to score in the top 25 percent in reading compared to their peers. Encourage children to access new wonders with their own library card. Many libraries now offer curbside pick up too!
- Laughter and Fun – It’s important to let kids be kids! Parents should make sure they are joining in the fun with their kids. Close the laptop, turn off the phone and have uninterrupted play time. These opportunities allow adults to model a love for activity while providing invaluable family bonding time.
About The Granite YMCA
As one of the state’s longest standing and most enduring non-profits, The Granite YMCA focuses on youth development, healthy living, social responsibility, and family strengthening. Across the state, its six branches engage 30,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to improve their health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. In 2019, The Granite YMCA provided financial assistance and free services valued at over $1.6 million to 26,189 individuals. To learn more, visit www.graniteymca.org.