Healthy Kids Day

From hoops to moon bounces, and everything in between—the Kroehler Family YMCA pulled out all the stops for Healthy Kids Day in an effort to promote a healthy lifestyle in today’s youth.

“We want to promote healthy lifestyles,” said Kara Mason, a personal trainer and Assistant Health and Wellness Director at Kroehler. “[We don’t promote] just [being healthy] a small amount of time when you’re being good, exercising and eating well.”

Dozens of families took part in the fun today, using the event as a way to create consistency in physical activity.

“[Our family] is really just getting back into it, but it’s been a nice place for us to come,” said Char Scott, a member at Kroehler.

Kroehler uses simple yet effective ways to get children off the couch and into the gym. Many on hand, including youngster Dylan Scott, appreciated the many activities at the event.

Dylan also works with personal trainers at Kroehler, helping to reinforce the habit of physical activity. “He’s able to accomplish great things because he wants to work hard, be healthy and be in shape,” said James O’Connell, a personal trainer at Kroehler.

Unfortunately, most children don’t have the same drive. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one-in-three children in the United States is overweight or obese.

Kroehler would like to change that statistic, one child at a time.

“I’m going to say that this is about the [most fun] thing I’ve ever done at the Y,” said Dylan.

The YMCA knows that it’s difficult to find the time and resources to incorporate physical activity into a child’s everyday life. But today’s event is meant to be a stepping-stone to get off on the right foot.


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