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April 24, 2017

Annual Healthy Kids Day®

YMCA of San Diego County Wants Families to “Charge into Summer” During Annual Healthy Kids Day®

Countywide events encourages kids to stay active and keep learning all summer long.

SAN DIEGO, April 3, 2017— The YMCA of San Diego County is holding 13 free community events throughout the county on Saturday, April 29, 2017 to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active at the annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families.

The free events are open to the community and feature activities such as games, healthy cooking and physical activity demonstrations, arts and crafts and more to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home.

When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically – this summer learning loss is more pronounced among students from low-income families. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. As spring turns to summer, Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to let children idle away their summer days. Instead, the Y hopes to focus on wowing them with their potential and make this their best summer ever by staying active and learning.

“A child’s development is never on vacation and Healthy Kids Day is a great opportunity to educate families and motivate kids to stay active in spirit, mind and body throughout the summer,” said Baron Herdelin-Doherty, President and CEO of the YMCA of San Diego County.

In San Diego, the following branches are hosting Healthy Kids Day events (times vary – be sure to check with your nearest branch for details):

SOUTH COUNTY

  • Border View Family YMCA (San Ysidro) — 10 AM to 12 PM
  • Eastlake YMCA — 10 AM to 12 PM
  • South Bay Family YMCA (Chula Vista) — 10 AM to 12 PM

EAST COUNTY

  • McGrath Family YMCA (Rancho San Diego) — 9 AM to 12 PM
  • Childcare Resource Services/Youth and Family Services (Lemon Grove Academy) — 10 AM to 2 PM

CENTRAL/COASTAL

  • Copley-Price Family YMCA (City Heights) — 10 AM to 2 PM
  • Toby Wells Family YMCA (Kearny Mesa) — 11 AM to 2 PM
  • Peninsula Family YMCA (Point Loma) — 10 AM to 1 PM
  • La Jolla YMCA — 10 AM to 1 PM
  • Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA (Encinitas) — 10 AM to 1 PM

NORTH COUNTY

  • Rancho Family YMCA (Rancho Penasquitos) — 11 AM to 1 PM
  • Mottino Family YMCA (Oceanside) — 10 AM to 1 PM
  • Palomar Family YMCA (Escondido) — 10 AM to 1 PM

For 25 years, YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day has worked to get more kids moving and learning, creating habits they can take with them into the summer months. The event is celebrated at over 1,600 Y's across the country by over 1.2 million participants.

Delta Air Lines is proud to be the national sponsor of Healthy Kids Day. Locally, Healthy Kids Day is also sponsored by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

For more information, visit ymca.org or contact your nearest YMCA branch for information on Healthy Kids Day.

About the YMCA of San Diego County

The YMCA of San Diego County is a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of human life and to helping all people realize their fullest potential as children of God through development of the spirit, mind and body. It is the second largest Y in the nation serving nearly 400,000 San Diego County residents and employing more than 5,000 people. Through a variety of programs and services focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y unites men, women and children - regardless of age, income or background - to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, andprovide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Visit www.ymca.org to find your local YMCA or call (858) 292-YMCA (9622).

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