Seriously fun and free activities for families on YMCA Healthy Kids Day, June 1

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Come to the YMCA this Sunday, June 1 to celebrate YMCA Healthy Kids Day, a national day dedicated to improving the health and well-being of kids and families.

An action-packed event for the entire family, YMCA Healthy Kids Day places special emphasis on how healthy living can be seriously fun and provides families with simple tips and resources to live healthy every day. This free community event is for everyone in our community and is hosted by YMCAs across Canada.

The YMCA believes healthy kids are the foundation and future of healthy communities. But the majority of children and youth in Canada are not getting adequate access to opportunities for active recreation and healthy living. According to the 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth from Active Healthy Kids Canada, children in Canada are still not being active enough.  An alarming 32% of 5-17 year olds are overweight, and only 5% of five to 17-year-olds are meeting the 60 minutes a day Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines. Canada excels at providing programs to support physical activity, but once again received a failing grade for overall physical activity levels.

“The health of our children is a serious matter, one that is very important to the YMCA and should be a top priority for parents, schools and all Canadians, says Kyle Barber, President and CEO at the YMCA of Oakville. “Raising healthy children is a community effort and together with our community partners and exhibitors on YMCA Healthy Kids Day, we’ll demonstrate simple ways we can all come together to help our kids become active and healthy,” says Mr. Barber.

Join us on Sunday, June 1 for an engaging day of fun and exciting activities for holistic health!

YMCA Healthy Kids Day will take place at the Peter Gilgan Family YMCA at 410 Rebecca Street on Sunday, June 1 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Families are encouraged to participate in each healthy activity station for a chance to win several prize packs. Here’s a list of some of the activities:

  • Raptors Mobile Fan Zone
  • ArtHouse in Motion Performance
  • Community bike ride with Cycle Oakville
  • Try YogaFit and join the Zumba® dance party
  • Family Game Play and Boot Camp
  • Skatepark with Jibs Action Sports
  • Oakville Public Library Imagination Station
  • Swim to Survive demo
  • Practice soccer skills with Oakville Soccer Club Coaches
  • Hockey with Mississauga Steelheads
  • Safety Zone with local ambulance, police and fire services
  • Food workshops, healthy snack demos and more!

YMCA Healthy Kids Day is being presented in partnership with ArtHouse, Cycle Oakville, Halton Regional Police Service, Oakville Galleries, Oakville Public Library and Town Councillor Pam Damoff. Community exhibitors include Cheer Fuzion, Drumfit, Jibs Action Sports, MasonICh.I.P, Microsoft, Mississauga Power Players/POW, Mississauga Steelheads, The Naked Beat, Oakville Soccer Club, Pedalheads, Rolling Horse Community Cycle and Tri-FUN Kids’ Triathlons.

For complete details and a copy of the event schedule, visit ymcaofoakville.org.

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