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Come Kick-Start an Active Summer at the Newport County YMCA

The Newport County YMCA encourages kids to play and learn at Healthy Kids Day®, on April 28.

On April 28, the will be celebrating Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event for kids and families on Aquidneck Island.

More than 1,900 Ys across the country are taking part in the celebration, meant to kick-start physical activity and learning throughout the summer – a critical out-of-school time for kids.

Healthy Kids Day, a national initiative of the Y to improve the health and well-being of kids, is filled with fun, active play and educational activities that will help parents improve their kids’ lifestyles for the long term. Research shows that without access to activities that stimulate the mind and body, kids are more prone to gain weight and fall behind academically over the summer months.

At the Newport County YMCA, we know that when the school year ends, many kids lose exposure to activities that keep them moving and learning. Healthy Kids Day will help parents begin thinking early about what their kids need to stay physically and intellectually active in the summer.  Summer is just around the corner and is an ideal time for kids to get out and grow so they are healthier and sharper when the next school year begins.

The Newport County YMCA’s event will take place at 792 Valley Road, in Middletown from 10am-2pm and will feature activities such as Touch a Truck, Bounce House, Rock Wall, Kids Only Triathlon, Family Group Exercise Classes and much more.

A leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y holds Healthy Kids Day to teach healthy habits and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity through active play. As part of this initiative, the Y – along with hundreds of thousands of parents and kids nationwide – is taking on summer by addressing critical gaps in health and education that cause kids to be at risk for childhood obesity and suffer summer learning loss.

For more information about Healthy Kids Day, contact Dawn Gardner at 401-847-9200 ext. 132 or visit www.newportymca.org

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