At the YMCA of Central Kentucky, we believe kids can do anything with the right support. That’s why your Y is committed to helping kids get on (and stay on!) a healthy youth development journey that includes physical, intellectual, and social-emotional growth. From achieving goals, to making friends, and developing strong character, the Y supports youth from cradle to career.
One of the ways the YMCA of Central Kentucky is working to make sure kids enjoy the healthiest future possible is helping them achieve and succeed through the summer.
“We know kids gain weight faster during the summer months than any other time of the year,” said Corey Donohoo, director of community health. “Further, we know that youth from low-income neighborhoods are disproportionately affected by summer learning loss due to limited or no access to reading materials outside of school,” Donohoo said.
Healthy Kids Day® is the YMCA’s annual, nationwide initiative designed to inspire all youth, parents, and caregivers in the community to get active and make healthy choices over the summer and beyond. Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s largest single-day event celebrating youth development across the United States.
This year, Healthy Kids Day will be celebrated from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at the Whitaker Bank Ballpark, located at 207 Legends Lane, Lexington. The event is free (rain or shine); no advance registration required.
“We believe playing and learning shouldn’t take a break when school does,” Donohoo said. “Healthy Kids Day gives kids and parents alike food for thought with activities that enrich the body, the mind and the spirit. Our goal is for families everywhere to lead more active and enriching lives all year long.”
Nationwide, more than 1.2 million kids participate in Healthy Kids Day each year at more than 2,000 YMCAs across the U.S. “They have the time of their lives,” Donohoo said, “and they come to understand that the YMCA is more than a place. It’s a community where individuals, families and people grow together and become more than they could on their own.”
The Healthy Kids Day committee has planned a lot of fun activities for kids. The first 50 kids completing onsite registration will receive two tickets to the Legends baseball game that evening (opening pitch at 6:35 p.m.) and may even get the chance to participate in the game activities on the field!
Healthy Kids Day is presented locally by Aetna; national sponsors are Walmart and Delta Airlines.
In the weeks leading up to Healthy Kids Day, the YMCA hopes to build excitement among kids and families alike through a healthy activity challenge. Kids who complete just 10 of the activity squares on the activity card and attend Healthy Kids Day will receive a YMCA jump rope or wrist band and will be entered to win a six-month YMCA membership or one week of YMCA summer camp.
The activity card can be found online at the YMCA of Central Kentucky website, ymcacky.org/
C.M. Gatton Beaumont YMCA
3251 Beaumont Centre Circle
Lexington, KY 40513
High Street YMCA
239 East High Street
Lexington, KY 40507
North Lexington Family YMCA
381 West Loudon Avenue
Lexington, KY 40508
Whitaker Family YMCA
2681 Old Rosebud Road
Lexington, KY 40509