The majority of U.S. children are not getting the daily recommended hours of physical activity and reading, or daily amounts of healthy foods. According to the latest YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot – a survey of parents that gauges their children’s activity levels during the school year – only 19 percent of children get 60 minutes of physical activity, only 17 percent read books for fun and only 12 percent eat at least eight fruits and vegetables daily. And studies show kids are at even greater risk of falling behind in these areas during the summer.

The YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the nation’s largest health day for kids, to inspire families to get in a routine of exercising their bodies and minds. Typically more than 1.2 million parents and children participate in more than 1,900 free Y community events across the country. Activities throughout the day get kids moving and learning and motivate families to create a healthier home environment.

Instead of an event this year we will focus on healthy options for families.

Let’s stay Healthy together!

Join the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families, the Y offers the following tips to help parents instill healthy habits in their kids:

  • Grab your bikes and take a family bike tour this weekend.
  • Give your kids a jump rope. It’s an awesome way to have fun and stay active.
  • Play the rainbow game. How many different colored fruits and veggies can your child eat in a day?
  • Set aside time each day for the family to read, either together or separately, and discuss what you read over dinner.
  • Do puzzles together or play board games- introduce family game night!
  • Let kids help plan & prepare at least 1 meal each week.
  • Limit TV, computer, & video game time to less than 2 hours per day
  • Plant seeds with your kids- help them make the garden grow!

Healthy Kids Day®

WALK A MILE WITH US!

Pick a day this week to walk/run/bike/hop or skate our route or your favorite mile & share your video or pictures on our Facebook Page.

Share your pictures or videos of family healthy activities on our Social Media!

facebook.com/vtymca/
Instagram: @vtymca
Twitter: @vtymca
#vtymcahealthykids

Dr. Steve Jacobs O.D. is a supporting sponsor of the YMCA at VT Healthy Kids initiative.

Blacksburg optometrists Dr. Steve Jacobs, left, and Dr. Jennifer Steckenrider have created videos that invite children and adults to join in contests and activities for fun and learning during these days of shuttered schools and businesses.

Read all about it here

Click HERE to see the videos from the Kids Having Fun Facebook video contest.

Click HERE for three vision related videos Dr. Steckenrider posted on – Color Vision and how to make your own prism rainbow; how to find your own blind spot; and neat things about how different animals see.

Check back soon for 2021

Healthy Kids Day® is a free “summer kick-off” event comprised of live music, fitness games, inflatables, healthy snacks, crafts, and educational activities for families. Local organizations will also be promoting various summer programs/activities perfect for kids so that they can remain active throughout the summertime.

  • Free parking is available on campus during the weekend.
  • For campus maps and parking locations, view this quick guide from Virginia Tech Parking Services.

For more information:

Please call the YMCA Administrative Office at (540) 961-9622 or email our student leadership team at healthykidsday@vtymca.org.

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Research shows that when the school year ends, the physical and educational health of many children worsens. Kids are more likely to gain weight and fall behind academically over the summer than during the school year. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day focuses on health and education to ensure fewer children are at an increased risk for obesity and more children succeed in school. Health Kids Day is not just a single day of fun, active play and learning – it’s a kick off to helping parents get a jump on creating a healthier summer for their children.

Families can always do more to develop habits of good health, physical activity, and active learning. The YMCA of the USA offers the following tips to 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.
  • 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.
  • Lead By Example – Be a good role model – kids can be influenced by seeing how hard their parents work at home or on the job, and how rewarding that experience is.

To learn more about the national YMCA Healthy Kids Day initiative, we welcome you to visit http://www.ymca.net/healthy-kids-day.

For local information and resources, we welcome parents to explore these links:

Childhood Health & Education Statistics (searchable by location): Kids Count Data Center

Local Health and Wellness: New River Valley Livability Initiative

Local Summer Activities: Blacksburg Parks and Recreation

Local Summer Camps: Macaroni Kid’s New River Valley Summer Camp Guide