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On May 28, 2015, the YMCA released the 2015 YMCA Healthy Kids Report which unveiled that parents are finding it difficult to set a healthy example for their children with 85 per cent stating that it takes effort to be a healthy role model. Nationally, 35 per cent of parents do not think their 6-12 year old is getting enough physical activity per week. To encourage families to get out and be active, the YMCA of Oakville will join YMCAs across Canada in celebrating YMCA Healthy Kids Day on June 7 – a national day dedicated to improving the health and well-being of kids across the country.
“Children between the ages of 6-12 are at an important stage of their development and this is a key time for instilling healthy behaviour and habits,” said Kyle Barber, president and CEO, at the YMCA of Oakville. “While parents may find it difficult to find time in their schedules, our YMCA offers a wealth of family-friendly programs and activities that can make getting active together just a little bit easier.”
The study revealed that parents feel that they are the most important influence on their young children; however only a few identify themselves as healthy role models:
The theme of this report focused on children aged 6-12 and the importance of role models in promoting their healthy development and activity levels. Additional findings from the report found that while parents know where to find programs and services that promote active and healthy living, 54 per cent do not have the time or money to access them.
“The YMCA gives children, no matter what their financial situation, the support and opportunity they need throughout the year to learn, play and grow in a safe and supportive environment,” said Teresa Rinaldi, Manager, Community Initiatives at the YMCA of Oakville. “We hope to welcome even more children and their parents on June 7 when we celebrate YMCA Healthy Kids Day by opening our doors for free for the community. Check our website for event details at ymcaofoakville.org.”
YMCA Healthy Kids Day will take place at the Peter Gilgan Family YMCA at 410 Rebecca Street on Sunday, June 7 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Activities include:
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