Following a year of social distancing, virtual school, mask wearing and endless hours of screen time, we are hosting our annual Healthy Kids Day® on Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. across the OKC metro area. We encourage families to take a moment to help kids be kids. While the in-person event will feature physically distanced activities and be in accordance with CDC and state/local recommendations, the Y aims to provide a carefree time for children, celebrating what makes a kid a healthy kid. The event will feature activities such as games, arts & crafts, obstacle courses, music, group exercise demonstrations, and so much more to motivate and teach families how to develop and maintain healthy routines at home.
This Year's Locations:
Edmond Public Schools Soccer Fields
3015 Myra Ct.
Edmond, OK 73013
North Side YMCA Ball Fields
10000 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
Midwest City Soccer Club
1799 National Blvd.
Midwest City, OK 73110
The Recipe for a Healthy Kid:
Recipe for a Healthy Kid
In celebration of the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y is focusing on five “ingredients” that make a healthy child:
- Healthy Food – Children need at least 5 servings of fruit and veggies each day for healthy development. Kids who help make their own meals and snacks are more likely to try the food, so enlist children in meal prep to encourage tasty explorations.
- Physical Activity – From increased screen time to virtual school, studies show that children moved less in 2020 than usual. Help kids get back into physical activity routines by setting at least 60 minutes for fun games and play every day.
- Curiosity – Children who are read to by a family member at least three times per week are almost twice as likely to score in the top 25% in reading compared to their peers. Encourage children to access new wonders with their own library card. Many libraries now offer curbside pick-up, too!
- Laughter and Fun – It’s important to let kids be kids! Parents should make sure they are joining in the fun with their kids. Close the laptop, turn off the phone and have uninterrupted play time. These opportunities allow adults to model a love for activity while providing invaluable family bonding time.