Willmar Kiwanis To Help Sponsor Healthy Kids Day®, April 26

On April 26, the Kandiyohi County YMCA is celebrating Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event for kids in preschool – 2nd grade along with their families. More than 1,900 Y’s 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 Kandiyohi 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,” said Dean Madsen, Health and Wellness Director at the Y. “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 event will take place at the Y on April 26th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm with swimming following the event until 8:30pm.  The event will feature inflatable games, a magic show, a healthy Subway snack and a variety of booths / activities that will educate about health topics for this age group.  In this regard, the YMCA is proud to host representatives from Kandiyohi County Public Health, Willmar Police Department, Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Department, Willmar Ambulance Service, Stacey’s Nursery, Hanson and Fonkert Dental Clinic, Willmar Stingers, Fiesta Time Rentals, Willmar Public Library and the magic of Randy Christensen.

Nationally, Healthy Kids Day is supported by the Dodge brand.  The YMCA would like to thank our local sponsors, the Willmar Kiwanis Club, Subway, Family Marine, Willmar Stingers, Runnings and the Big Kahuna.

For more information, contact Dean Madsen at 320-222-9622 or deanm@kandiymca.org.  Visit the YMCA website at www.kandiymca.org.