Sunday, June 4, 2023

Oxford’s YMCA To Host First Healthy Kids Day April 30


The Oxford YMCA (The Y) will host its inaugural Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 30. Leslie Kennedy, director of operations at Oxford’s YMCA, said the national effort will benefit several communities.

Although Healthy Kids Day began in 1992, this will be The Y of Oxford’s first year to host the event.

“We are so excited about being able to have this for our community,” Kennedy said. “One important thing for the community, children and parents to learn is the importance of eating healthy, exercising and to share this with our community.”

The day will be filled with activities for families to participate in. There will be a bouncy house, raffles to win a bike and Fitbit, fitness classes that will be offered in 20-minute segments of Spin, Pilates, Zumba and Bootcamp and games, such as potato sack races, one-legged races and ball throwing.

“We will also have a nutrition station, where kids can learn the importance of eating healthy,” Kennedy said. “All the games will have prizes. One exciting thing is that we will have goodie bags with items and even a Healthy Kid t-shirt.”

To top it all off, Kennedy said Ole Miss athletes from both the football team and the track team will be at the event to motivate kids to live an active and healthier lifestyle.

13041178_1012835698809071_4193429279504525332_oAccording to The Y’s website, the nonprofit organization is committed to helping communities learn, grow and thrive so that everyone has the opportunity to become healthier, more confident, connected and secure.

This year’s Healthy Kids Day will be all about building the “cool” factor. It’s a day of creative, challenging, smart, healthy fun where you can watch the “cool” in your kid come out.

Healthy Kids Day begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until 1 p.m. The Oxford Y is located on 703 N. Lamar Blvd.

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