This year, I have made a conscious effort to talk with my kids about keeping our bodies and minds healthy. We have had many conversations surrounding healthy food choices, exercise, and good sleep, and how these impact both our bodies and minds. Now that it’s springtime, it’s more enjoyable to be outside for longer periods of time. So now, we spend our afternoons after school either at the park, ball fields, or just outside playing in the cul de sac.
I see a remarkable difference in my kids on the days they get extended periods of physical activity and unstructured play. Their moods and attitudes are better, they are more willing to eat good, nutritious meals and snacks rather than junk, and they sleep better at night. And as a mom, I also benefit from being outside and moving my body. Even on the days I’m not able to do a structured workout, I can still throw the softball with my daughter, or challenge my husband to an intense game of pickleball. Our family functions better, and we treat each other more kindly and with more patience, when we are consistently implementing healthy habits into our family life.
And while I can certainly promote these healthy ideals at home, I am always on the lookout for outside activities we can do as a family to reinforce these ideas and also have fun at the same time. On the weekends especially, I look for events we can attend together. That’s why I was so excited to learn about a nationwide event happening April 29 at the Y: Healthy Kids Day®.
Promoting Healthy Kids and Family Fun
Healthy Kids Day® is the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids and families. For over 30 years, YMCAs and their communities hosted free community events aimed to inspire kids and families to keep their minds and bodies active throughout the summer months and beyond. My kids love going to our local Y because there are always plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy. They love to swim, play basketball, and play fun games with their friends while my husband and I get in a workout.
More than 1,000 Ys across the country are hosting a Healthy Kids Day® event on April 29, so chances are there is a location near you that your family can attend. This event is completely FREE and each Y will have their own fun, family centered activities. Check out your local Y’s website or give them a call to find out specific times and event details.
Healthy Kids Day is sponsored by Eggland’s Best, the #1 branded egg in the U.S. We eat a LOT of eggs in our house because my kids love them, and they are an excellent source of Vitamins D, B12, E, B5 and riboflavin. Eggland’s Best eggs have six times more Vitamin D, more than double the Omega-3s, 10 times more Vitamin E and 25% less saturated fat than ordinary eggs. Eggland’s Best’s hens are fed a strictly controlled proprietary, high-quality all-vegetarian diet, which results in a better-tasting, more nutritious egg that stays fresher longer.
Moms, mark your calendars for April 29 and get your whole family excited for Healthy Kids Day® at the Y! Let’s keep our kids’ bodies and minds healthy while at the same time encouraging family time and fun.