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Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Lockport Family YMCA is holding a free community event today to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, features activities such as, games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.  

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at nearly 1,300 Ys across the country, aims to get more kids moving and learning, so they can keep up the habit all summer long – a critical out-of-school time for kids’ health. When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles – or gaps – that prevent them from reaching their full potential, related to hunger, water safety, learning, safe spaces to play, and health. Each year, the Y helps over 9 million youth nationwide “hop the gap” and achieve more, providing a safe to place to learn, stay healthy and build friendships.

“The Y is so much more than sports, swimming, and a place for kids to hang out. We support families in their efforts to instill healthy habits at home,” said Laurie Ferris, Youth Director, Lockport Family YMCA.  “We know that it can sometimes feel like a challenge. So at Healthy Kids Day, we’ll encourage kids to stay physically and intellectually active all summer long, and give families tips they can easily replicate at home. It’s free and open to the community.”

In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:

  • Try, try, repeat – There are many great tasting fruits and vegetables that many kids have never heard of, let alone tried. Grab a new fruit or vegetable and encourage everyone in the family to try at least a bite.
  • Play around town – Challenge the family to play on a different playground every week. Identify playgrounds at a variety of parks; expand definitions of playgrounds to include nature trails, a nearby stream, and a bike path. 

Families at play for an hour a day – From walking to gardening, or swimming to shooting hoops, make playful movement a part of your family’s day. To get 60 minutes of moderate activity throughout your day just add 10 minutes here and 15 minutes there.

The Lockport Family YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day at 19 East Ave. started with a Free Aerobic Class at 8 a.m. followed by a Free Water Fitness class. There's still plenty to do today, though:

10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

  • Niagara County Sheriff Dept. Child Safety Seat Inspection 

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

  • Fitness Screening – height, weight, BMI, strength & flexibility measured for 6 year olds plus.
  • Sports Challenge (Hockey & Racquetball) – test your sports and game skills, while you learn a few new skills for the 12 year old and under crowd.
  • Health & Youth Fair – local community agencies will share their youth & health tips!
  • Youth Agility Test – Lockport City Firefighters will test your abilities!
  • Preschool Fun - exercise with our Preschool staff and take home a YMCA craft project!
  • Healthy Snacks – learn more about nutrition and make your own healthy snack with help from our School Age Child Care Staff!
  • Youth Fitness Center Orientation – tour the fitness center & learn the YMCA Fitness Policies for teens.
  • Outdoor Education & Nature Activities – get ready for summer with Camp Kenan staff.
  • Lobby Games – learn the skills & rules of lobby games from the YMCA Teen Leaders Club.
  • Basket Raffle (All Day Long) – to benefit our Annual Support Campaign
1:00 – 2:00 PM

  • Hot Shot Hoop Shoot – test your scoring abilities and join in the fun!

1:00 – 4:00 PM

  • Family Open Swim – enjoy free time for the whole family in the Y pool.

2:00 – 4:00 PM

  • Family Open Gym – spend some quality family time shooting hoops!

Those who join the Y this weekend will have the joiner fee waived —a $25 - $75 savings.  There will also be raffles, giveaways, prizes, family fun and more!  For more information, contact the Y at 434-8887 or visit

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