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Friday, April 29, 2016
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The Lockport Family YMCA will hold a free community event Saturday to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active -- the 25 th annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day.

The YMCA's Healthy Kids Day will be held Saturday. (CONTRIBUTED)
The day-long event features activities such as games, fitness screenings, demonstrations, arts and crafts to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home.

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 Laurie Ferris, Youth Director of the Lockport Family YMCA.

Saturday's schedule follow:
8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

  • Free Family Fitness Classes in our Aerobic Room & Pool

10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

  • Niagara County Sheriff Dept. Child Safety Seat Inspection

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

  • Fitness Screening – height, weight, BMI, strength & flexibility measured for 6 year olds plus.
  • Sports Challenge – 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 Obstacle Course – Lockport City Firefighters will test your fire fighting 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
  • Youth Fitness Center Orientation – tour the fitness center and learn the YMCA fitness policies for teens
  • Outdoor Education & Nature Activities – get ready for summer with Camp Kenan staff
  • Lobby Games – share family time by playing lobby games like pool, foosball and ping-pong

1 - 4 p.m.

  • Family Open Swim – enjoy free time for the whole family in the Y pool
  • Family Open Gym – spend some quality family time shooting hoops

Those that join the Y on Saturday will have their 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 www.LockportYMCA.com.



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