Healthy Kids Day a success

On Saturday morning, from 10 a.m. to noon, 150 people attended the nationally celebrated Healthy Kids Day at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA, which takes place at nearly 1,600 YMCA branches across the country.

Healthy Kids Day is aimed at helping kids exercise not only their bodies, but also their minds.

The event, which is the Y’s national initiative to improve families health and well-being featured games, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts a morning fun run and many more activities to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine and lifestyle.

Director of Member Experience Michelle Evans said it was successful day thanks to the participation of all of the vendors.

Evans mentioned the vendors and how they contributed to help make Healthy Kids Day possible and successful.

“Thanks to participation of the Noon Optimists with face painting, Western/Southern Life with digital kid ID’s, OSU Extension with Ultra Violet detection bracelets, DARE officer Sam Blank with the Safety Pup, Fire Department presentation, Wapak Police Department, Ohio State Patrol, Auglaize County Library’s Legoland play station, Steinke Chiropractic, Wapak WAVES, Unicyclist Micah Nicol and Joy Jingles the balloon artist,” Evans said.

In a press release published last week, Senior Program Director at the Y, Sarah Finkelmeier explained the importance of holding programs like this in communities across the country.

“One in three U.S. children is obese. This statistic, coupled with the fact that once summer hits, children will be more idle, demonstrates why it’s important to help families develop healthy habits now,” Finkelmeier said. “As part of the Y’s commitment to healthy living, throughout the YMCA’s Healthy Kids day, our goal is to improve the health and well-being of kids and inspire habits they can continue into adulthood.”