YMCA hosts 25th annual Healthy Kids Day

YMCAThe Greater Scranton YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active on Saturday, April 30, at their facility, 706 N. Blakely St., Dunmore, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

This year marks the 25th annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families.  The day-long event features activities such as: Kids’ Fun Run (starts at 9:30am), Extreme Laser Tag, Zip Line, Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Train Rides, Health Fair, Entertainment and much more!

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at over 1,300 Ys across the country by over 1.2 million participants, works to get more kids moving and learning, creating habits that they continue all summer long, which is a critical time for kids’ health. 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 physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. As spring turns to summer, Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to let children idle away their summer days. Instead, the Y hopes to focus on wowing them with their potential and make this their best summer ever by staying active and learning.

“The Y believes in the potential of all children, and we strive to help kids find the Wow! factor inside themselves. A child’s development is never on vacation and Healthy Kids Day is a great opportunity to educate families and motivate kids to stay active in spirit, mind and body throughout the summer,” said Meghan Carnevale, Mission Advancement & Marketing Director, Greater Scranton & Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs.


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In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers 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. And to keep kids’ taste buds evolving, have everyone in the family try at least one bite of a new fruit or vegetable at least once a month.

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.

Make sleep a priority – Doctors recommend 10-12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5-12 and 7-8 hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning and other vital functions.

The Greater Scranton YMCA’s 2016 Healthy Kids Day event is generously sponsored by: Wells Fargo Foundation, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, LifeFitness, Community Bank, N.A., Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, NovaCare Rehabilitation, PDQ Print Center, Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products, Rainey & Rainey CPAs, Fidelity Bank, Tech 42 and H&J Vending.

For more information, contact the Greater Scranton YMCA at (570) 342-8115 or visit www.greaterscrantonymca.org.


Healthy Families/Happy Families at the YMCA

The Greater Scranton YMCA is proud to announce it will again be offering the Healthy Families/Happy Families Program free of charge to Lackawanna County residents this year.

Healthy Families/Happy Families is a 10-week program designed to engage youth and families in a journey of wellness through positive role models, proper nutrition and a healthy balance of fitness, fun and family. The program helps families to develop healthy habits for daily living, spend quality time together and have fun while discovering new ways to be healthy and active. The program will be held at the Y on at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays, beginning Nov. 7, and ending Jan. 16.

The Healthy Families/Happy Families is made possible thanks to a three-year grant commitment from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Heath Care Foundation.

For information on the program and to register, as space is still available, interested families can contact Paula Scotchlas, Communtiy Outreach Director, at pscotchlas@greaterscrantonymca.org or call (570) 342-8115 ext. 232. More information can also be found at www.greaterscrantonymca.org.