AUBURN — On Saturday, April 27, the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA is celebrating Healthy Kids Day with a free community event that encourages kids in Androscoggin County to get moving and learning, and families living healthier.

Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, takes place at 1,900 Ys and kick-starts healthier behaviors now and throughout the summer, a critical out-of-school time for children’s health.

Many U.S. children do not get the daily recommended hours of physical activity and reading, and daily amounts of healthy foods. According to the latest findings of the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot – a survey of parents that gauges their children’s activity levels during the school year – only 19 percent of children get 60 minutes of physical activity, only 17 percent read books for fun and only 12 percent eat at least eight fruits and vegetables daily.

“At the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA, we know parents struggle to keep their kids physically and intellectually active every day. We want to help ensure fewer kids are at risk of childhood obesity and more kids excel in school,” said Brian DuBois, executive director. “YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will get kids moving and learning while also helping families get a jump on creating a healthier summer, and ultimately a healthier future.”

Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically and gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. On April 27, YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will help parents begin thinking early about what their kids need to grow and achieve all summer long.

The event takes place at the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA from noon to 3 p.m. and features fun, active play and educational activities such as an obstacle course, family swim, storybook yoga and healthy snacks.

Representatives from Center Street Dental, Auburn Fire Department and Auburn Police Department will be teaching kids about health and safety.

For more information, call 207-795-4095 or visit www.alymca.org.


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