Friday, April 9, 2010

Put Play in your Day and Reduce Stress!

Exercise and play is a great way to reduce stress! Enjoy fun and relaxing active family time by visiting your local Y on Saturday, April 17 for YMCA Healthy Kids® Day. The nation’s largest health day for children and families, YMCA Healthy Kids Day offers families a chance to play together and learn more about ways that can prolong wellness and healthier living. YMCA Healthy Kids Day events are free and open to all.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day will be celebrated across the country at more than 1,700 YMCAs.

Last year, more than 700,000 people participated in YMCA Healthy Kids Day events nationwide, enjoying games, demonstrations, arts and crafts, educational resources, healthy treats, giveaways and more.

Some simple ways to put more play in kids’ day, and to get the family moving more, too!

  1. Make physical activity a regular part of family play time – the more active kids are the more likely they are to continue being physically active later in life.
  2. Allow kids to have unstructured playtime. All play is not created equal – kids need different types of play, including indoor and outdoor, active and inactive.
  3. Reintroduce your kid to the basics of active play: play hopscotch or basketball, jump rope, or enjoy games such as “Red Light, Green Light” and “Simon Says”.
  4. Limit screen time and use of electronic media to allow more time for play.
2-1-1 is fortunate to have these 2 YMCA's as partners! Please click on the following links to visit their websites and find out more about their services not only on Saturday April 17th but throughout the entire year!

YMCA of the Suncoast

YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg