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Family Y Encourages Kids to Play and Learn at Healthy Kids Day, Saturday, April 28

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Student volunteers dress the part at the Family Y's annual Healthy Kids Day.

On Saturday, April 28, the Westport Weston Family Y is celebrating Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event for kids and families in the Westport and Weston area. More than 1,900 Ys across the country are taking part in the celebration, meant to kick-start physical activity and learning throughout the summer – a critical out-of-school time for kids.

Healthy Kids Day, a national initiative of the Y to improve the health and well-being of kids, is filled with fun, active play and educational activities that will help parents improve their children’s lifestyles for the long term. Research shows that without access to activities that stimulate the mind and body, kids are more prone to gain weight and fall behind academically over the summer months.

“At the Westport Weston Family Y we know that when the school year ends, many kids lose exposure to activities that keep them moving and learning. Healthy Kids Day will help parents begin thinking early about what their kids need to stay physically and intellectually active in the summer,” said Meaghan George, Camp and Youth Director. “Summer is just around the corner and is an ideal time for kids to get out and grow so they are healthier and sharper when the next school year begins.”

The Family Y’s event will take place in downtown Westport at 59 Post Road East, from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 noon and will feature activities such as crafts, games, water safety, child identification and more.

Making sand sculptures is just part of the fun at Healthy Kids Day.

A leading charitable nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Family Y holds Healthy Kids Day to teach healthy habits and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity through active play. As part of this initiative, the Y – along with hundreds of thousands of parents and kids nationwide – is taking on summer by addressing critical gaps in health and education that cause kids to be at risk for childhood obesity and suffer summer learning loss.

The Family Y’s Healthy Kids Day is supported by Stew Leonard III Children’s Charities and the Zac Foundation. Nationally, Healthy Kids Day is supported by the Dodge brand.

For more information about Healthy Kids Day or other summertime opportunities for children, from Camp Mahackeno to summer Sports & Recreation programs to our Hafaday Summer Swim Lessons, contact Meg George at 203-226-8981, ext. 179 or mgeorge@westporty.org.

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