Healthy Kids Day®


Celebrate Healthy Kids Day® 2019
with the YMCA at Virginia Tech!

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When: April 27, 2019
Time: 11:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Cassell Coliseum & Dietrick Field

***This is a Rain or Shine Event.
In the case of poor weather, all outdoor activities will be relocated inside Cassell Coliseum.

 

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.

  • The event will be on April 27, from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, at Virginia Tech’s Cassell Coliseum and Dietrick Field.
  • All parents must check-in with our volunteers in the Cassell Coliseum lobby.
  • 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, or if you are interested participating as a volunteer group or vendor:

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

The Super Hero Mile Fun Run is a mile run around VT campus in celebration of Healthy Kids Day®.

  • The event will be on April 27, from 10:00 – 11:00 am, at Virginia Tech’s Cassell Coliseum and Dietrick Field.
  • Additional information to follow
  • Free parking is available on campus during the weekend.
  • For campus maps and parking locations, view this quick guide from Virginia Tech Parking Services.

To register for the Fun Run:

YMCA Healthy Kids Day® 2019 Kid__Parent

“WOW…empower youth potential for a better us”

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