Join us as we celebrate programs such as After School programs, Virtual Homework Help, Healthy Kids activities provided by the YMCA at VT along with other family friendly activities provided in partnership with some of our wonderful local businesses.

This will be a week of fun filled, family friendly, fabulous virtual activities with a HUGE emphasis on FUN!

Highlights of Healthy Lifestyles Week

  • Start your day with Double J- that’s Jocy & Joelle so get ready for fun while you exercise!!
  • Panel discussion-Focus Areas: After School Care, Virtual Tutoring, Healthy Kids Day
  • Yoga classes with our sponsors at In Balance Yoga
  • Cinderella & Prince Charming Boutique
  • Planning team members try out Olympic Sports including gymnastics with our sponsors at Virginia Techniques!
  • Alpaca Adventures
  • Story time with Joelle
  • Dance classes with our sponsors at Dance Tech
  • Shopping with juried artisans
  • Crafting, cooking and so much more!

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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.

Healthy Kids Day®


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!
Instagram: @vtymca
Twitter: @vtymca

For 2021 the YMCA at Virginia Tech is hosting Healthy Kids Week as a fun-filled virtual event. We hope you'll bring the kids and join the fun!

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.

For more information:

Please call the YMCA Administrative Office at (540) 961-9622 or email our student leadership team at

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“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

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