YMCA of Greater Rochester to Hold Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 5

Free community event promotes healthy activities for children and families

April 02, 2003

To promote and encourage children’s health and fitness, the YMCA of Greater Rochester will hold its annual "YMCA Healthy Kids Day" celebration on Saturday, April 5 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the University of Rochester’s Goergen Athletic Center.

The event is free and open to the entire community and features free healthy snacks and hands-on YMCA activities designed for children and their families to learn more about healthy lifestyles while having fun. Activities include family yoga, smart start soccer, stroller fitness class, family group cycling, and a kids hip hop class (see attached fact sheet for schedule). A variety of health and safety organizations will also be on-hand to provide information (see attached). All children must be accompanied by an adult to participate.

The event is co-sponsored by Project Believe, the University of Rochester Medical Center’s initiative to help Rochester become America’s healthiest community by 2020.

"YMCA Healthy Kids Day is a great way for parents and children to learn how easy it is to get healthy, and how much fun they can have together while doing so," said Laura Fasano, association director of program development for the YMCA of Greater Rochester and leader of the YMCA’s health and fitness initiatives. "There are so many options, for all age levels, including many activities and habits that families can easily make a part of their regular routine. We’re encouraging families to think about what we call ‘Total Health’ – not just physical fitness. A Total Health approach means engaging in fun activities that cultivate a positive attitude, build self-esteem, develop the mind, and nurture the spirit – while also making the effort to eat a healthy diet and keep physically active."

"Project Believe is all about working with community organizations to support and help develop tools and support systems to help Rochester residents live longer, healthier lives," Andrea Lennon, director of Project Believe, said. "Healthy Kids Day is a perfect way to provide healthy lifestyle tips to all parents and their children living in the Rochester area.

All YMCA Healthy Kids Day activities are free of charge, and free parking is available on the University of Rochester campus at the event site. Lori’s Natural Foods, Wegmans, and Montana Mills Bread Company will provide free healthy snacks. Information on YMCA youth and family programs such as family nights, swim lessons, Y Guides, day and overnight camping, youth sports, and after school programs will also be available. For more information on YMCA Healthy Kids Day, contact the YMCA of Greater Rochester Association office at 546-5500.

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