Healthy Kids Day Teaches Families How to Improve Health and Well-being

By: Portage Township YMCA Last Updated: April 18, 2011

YMCA-Healthy-Kids-Day-2011-1Healthy Kids Day 2011 at the Portage YMCA this past weekend was a great success. 85 families showed up for the event, where they were encouraged to make healthy changes in their routines to improve health and well-being. To view more photos from the event, check them out on Facebook!

Key Messages:

  • Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families across the country. On this day, Ys hold events and encourage parents to make play dates with their kids every day as a simple way to become a healthier, more active and connected family.
  • The Y knows that many parents struggle to find the time and resources to incorporate physical activity and healthy habits into their kids’ daily routine. As a leading nonprofit for healthy living, the Y created Healthy Kids Day to celebrate and teach good health for kids, encourage active play and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity.
  • By making time for active play every day, families can work together, have fun and achieve greater health and well-being for their spirit, mind and body.

YMCA-Healthy-Kids-Day-2011-2Tips for Families to Make a Play Date

Including more physical activity into your family’s day doesn’t have to require extra money or resources. It’s as simple as making a play date, with two key requirements – be active and have fun! Here are five things families can do to incorporate more active play in their day:

  1. Schedule a Game Night: Play games with the kids that incorporate physical activity, such as Charades.
  2. Dance, Dance: Turn on your favorite party music and dance! Make this activity more fun with a dance contest.
  3. Go Riding: Find a new bike path or park for a fun afternoon outdoors; grab your helmets and go rollerblading or bike riding.
  4. Channel Your Inner Youth: Remember playing hopscotch, jump rope, Simon Says or freeze tag as a kid? Teach your favorite childhood game to your kid(s) and play them together.
  5. Play Outside: Visit your neighborhood park or camp out in your backyard for some outdoor fun. Get everyone moving with fun sports like soccer, basketball or baseball.

About the Y:

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3100 Willowcreek Rd
Portage, IN 46368
Phone: 219-762-9622

  • As a leading nonprofit for strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y helps families build healthier lifestyles and create stronger bonds through active play, fun activities and shared experiences.
  • At the Y, we believe that kids and families should have the opportunity to make healthy choices and have access to resources that help them achieve greater health and well-being for their spirit, mind and body. Healthy Kids Day brings parents and children together to have fun, be active and create lasting, healthy habits for the entire family.
  • The Y provides the education, activities and experiences that teach good health, bring families together and foster connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests.


  1. Robert Villegas tries out the balance beam
  2. McKenzie Poer and Westin Chitwood jump on the tumble track