Healthy Kids Day®

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

When: April 27, 2019
Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Cassell Coliseum and Dietrick Field

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

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The YMCA at Virginia Tech invites families to join us in celebrating our third annual Healthy Kids Day®, as part of the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids. 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.HKD2013FBCoverv2 The event will be on April 30, 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 Student Programs Office at (540) 231-3734 or email our student leadership team at  

Thank you to all of our fantastic Healthy Kids Day® 2018 sponsors!

This event was made possible because of your generous contributions. We look forward to seeing everyone represented at HKD®!

Platinum Sponsors:

Ferrum College Summer Enrichment Camp                                           Camp Bethel  FCSEC 2016 logo                                           CampBethelLogo_Color   MedExpress Urgent Care                                                     Growing Up in the Valley    ME Horizontal DenimTin UC bar                          New Blue  

Gold Sponsors:

Virginia Tech Recreational Sports                                                     Camp Alta Mons VT_Recsports_logo_maroon                                                 2014-AltaMons Logo-final  

Cook Family Dentistry

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Bronze Sponsors:

OurHealth Southwest Virginia                                                 Downtown Blacksburg OHM_Header_SWVA                                     DBI_benchlogo

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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

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